Pluto is being seen by scientists and the public like it has never been before as the New Horizons spacecraft makes a historic flyby. The space probe was sent into space in 2006 and traveled more than 3 billion miles over nine years. It will get closer than a man-made craft has ever been before, as it passes the dwarf planet while 7,800 miles away. The historic flyby is being celebrated with a Google Doodle. The Doodle was created by Kevin Laughlin in honor of the voyage, Google says.
In this photo, NASA says, "Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015 when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto on July 14." Click through the gallery to see more photos the probe has sent back home to Earth. (NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI)