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NASA Teams up with Facebook-owned-Instagram to Debut Pluto Surface Photo

NASA, in an attempt to reach younger would-be astronomers agreed to debut its first surface image of Pluto on the widely popular photo sharing service — Instagram.

Pluto-First-Images-insideimage“We made an editorial decision to give the world a sneak peek of the image on Instagram, We feel it’s important to engege new audiences.” John Yembrick, NASA Social Media Manager told WIRED.

With 300 million Instagram users, NASA has more than 3.6 million followers and it is already very popular among young followers. The picture was posted on Instagram at 7:49 a.m.EDT, and in less than an hour, the photo earned over 100,000 likes.

The official Instagram handle of NASA stated, “Gorgeuos 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 7:49a.m. EDT Tuesdays – about 7,750 miles above the surface, roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India-making it first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.”

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. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons#solarsystem #nasabeyond #science

A photo posted by NASA (@nasa) on Jul 14, 2015 at 4:00am PDT

According to NASA, it was giving Instagram an hour-long head start on the first image, posting it to social media site before officially releasing it, along with the explanation, on NASA.gov around 8 a.m. EDT.

Space agency also used a twitter handle named NASA New Horizons @NASANewHorizons to live-tweet and share images and information about its first trip to Pluto using the hashtag #PlutoFlyBy.

President Barack Obama also tweeted and thanked NASA for the attempt. He said, “Pluto just had its first visitor! Thanks @NASA – it’s a great day for discovery and American leadership.”

 

National Aernonautics and Space Administration (NASA)is planning to reach more people on all the social media circles and its Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts are already popular.

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