Pluto’s Poetic Tribute

Could there be a more appropriate accompaniment to the grand success of the New Horizons space probe than this poetic tribute by Ray Bradbury? We think not.

The New Horizons space probe zipped past Pluto going 30,000 miles per hour. It carries the ashes of the man who discovered the dwarf planet, along with several spectrometers to analyze Pluto's surface and one telescopic camera.

That camera has been busy for the past decade, snapping hundreds of photos of first Jupiter and then Pluto. Those images were stitched together to create this video. The words that accompany the video come from Ray Bradbury, who read his poem "If Only We Had Taller Been" at a celebration of a NASA mission to Mars in 1971. Whether this poetic tribute makes you feel big in this galaxy or small, it sure makes you feel something.

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