Thank you, NASA and the New Horizons team, for your inspiring work leading up to and following the Pluto flyby. Our community near the Michigan-Indiana border--dubbed Michiana--came along for the ride. Here are some excerpts from our #PlutoFlyby experience.
Science Alive Linda Marks introduces the upcoming flyby at the Science Alive, a family science outing at the main Library in South Bend, IN, in February 2015. Name dropping: Alice, Ralph, Rex, and LORRI. And a 3D-printed model of the New Horizons spacecraft seemingly hovers over the room.
Students with the SB150 Young Astronomers program image Pluto with Prompt telescopes atop a mountain in Chile with support from Skynet Junior Scholars. They're not done with Pluto yet as they gear up to make a movie from a fresh sequence of images.
A cool concept conveys the high noon brightness on Pluto by comparing it to the appropriate local twilight moment. Local #PlutoTime scenes include Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs at which Pluto Time was announced during the ballgame.