Gift #862: New Horizons

I was going to blog more on Denver today, but this is just way too cool not to mention!!  History is being made!!

If we can dream it, then we can do it
Yes we can, yes we can
If we can dream it, then we can do it
yes we can, yes we can

Have you ever looked beyond today into the future?
Picturing a world we’ve yet to see…
The wonder.. of finding new ways that lead to the promise brighter days…

Gorgeous Pluto! The dwarf planet has sent a love note back to Earth via our New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled more than 9 years and 3+ billion miles. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach, which was at 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday - about 7,750 miles above the surface -- roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India - making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. This stunning image of the dwarf planet was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. The spacecraft was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface. Images from closest approach are expected to be released on Wednesday, July 15.</p>
<p>Image Credit: NASA</p>
<p>#nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons#solarsystem #nasabeyond #science

Have you ever dreamed the dream of the children?
Just imagine the magic their minds can see
(If we can dream it)
Horizons, all shining and new
Horizons were dreams do come true
They do come true!

And it will be…
A future filled with care
For you and me…
A world we all can share

For today holds the challenge to make this world a better place to be
New horizons for you and for me

We’re seeing things no one who ever lived on the planet has seen before.  That just gives me goosebumps!  Something that was made on earth has traveled across our galaxy and is our eyes to the amazing sites on the furthest edges of the planetary system.  It’s just incredible!

I hope you will forgive the somewhat campy lyrics of the song I’ve chosen.  The title is New Horizons (which seemed quite appropriate) and it was the theme song at the Horizons exhibit at Epcot.  I loved listening to it as a kid, and I’m a sucker for anything Disney.   I don’t believe that humanity can pull itself into a utopian society – changed society must come from changed hearts, transformed by the love of God.  But I do like the way the lyrics capture the optimism and excitement of discovery and of harnessing that new knowledge to make life better.   Our society seems to have lost that sparkle and energy for exploration and innovation, especially in the realm of space science.  Here’s hoping that the New Horizons satellite can fuel the passion again!

Blessings to you,


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