|U.S. travels 3 billion miles to come within 7,800 miles of planet-like Pluto (LATimes)|
|The sky (akasha, "space") is FULL of complex intelligent life in Buddhist cosmology.|
|Pretending to scour space: Planetfinder is sent out when other arms of the government know full well that there are other worlds and life and culture on them (msnbc.msn.com).|
Guarantees principal scientist Alan Stern, "We're going to knock your socks off." The size of a baby grand piano, the spacecraft will come closest to Pluto on Tuesday morning -- at 7:49 am EDT. That's when New Horizons is predicted to pass within 7,767 miles of Pluto. Fourteen minutes later, the spacecraft will zoom within 17,931 miles of Charon, Pluto's jumbo moon.