Friday Links: Special Pluto Edition

By now you’ve probably heard about New Horizons reaching Pluto (and immediately leaving – how rude!). Naturally, nasa.gov has the hookups on all your Pluto science and photo needs.

NPR has a nice mission-to-Pluto tribute, complete with a video that includes Ray Bradbury reading a lovely poem, a couple good photos, and another video that neatly summarizes the mission in sixty seconds.

The Onion summarizes what we’ve learned about Pluto.

Stephen Colbert interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson, a.k.a. the Planet-Killer, about our latest triumph. Here’s a brief, hilarious excerpt. The full interview is just as hilarious, and enlightening too, featuring a handy explanation of how a gravitational slingshot really works.

Another cool video – a short film called “Wanderers” – not explicitly tied to our ninth (ex) planet, but still beautiful, and featuring the voice of Carl Sagan.

And finally, an “astronomically correct” version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Created with help from Zach Weinersmith, the guy who does SMBC comics.

For those of you still bound to Earth, have a frisson-inducing weekend!

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