New Horizons spacecraft set to launch tomorrow on nine-year mission to Pluto

Depending on who you talk to this is either an extraordinary opportunity, “for science, for exploration, for all mankind “

or

the world’s most expensive ticking time-bomb… “24 pounds of plutonium perched atop 2.5-million pounds of thrust with a 1 in 350 chance of blowing up.”

Enjoy the launch!

UPDATE: Actually, there’s a really interesting article in this month’s Economist on the mission to Pluto and the Kuiper belt.

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