Pluto and Beyond

July 15th, 2015

The Voyager probes were a huge part on my childhood.  I was 7 years old when they gave us the best images of Jupiter and its moons we'd ever seen.  The following year, we received unprecedented data on Saturn.

Uranus and Neptune remained somewhat mysterious.  In the ground-based telescopes of the time, they were just big, white dots.  Voyager 2 reached Uranus when I was 14, and it revealed a more colorful, active, and strange world than we'd imagined.  Neptune was predicted to be remote, cold, and serene.  My senior year of high school, Voyager proved that expectation wrong.  Neptune is warmer than we though …