NASA Releases First Fly-By Images Of Pluto


NASA has made another historical attempt when they gathered new HD images of Pluto during it’s first flyby early Tuesday

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft liftoff was at 2 p.m. EST on January 19, 2006, traveling about 58,000 kilometers per hour set on a mission to Pluto. Aboard an Atlas V rocket after nine years of travel, NASA astronauts and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute has released new close-up HD images of a region near Pluto’s equator.

Images reveal a range of mountains that rise as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy planet’s body. These mountains are assumed to be 100 million years old. Jeff Moore of New Horizons’ Geology, Geophysics and Imaging Team stated,

This is one of the youngest surfaces we’ve ever seen in the solar system.”

Pluto cannot be heated by gravitational interactions so some other process must be generating the mountainous landscape. Methane and nitrogen ice covers much of the surface of Pluto and these chemicals are not strong enough to build the mountains. According to NASA, a stiffer material, most likely water-ice, created the peaks.

The closest image was taken about 1.5 hours before New Horizons closest approach to Pluto, when the craft was 47,800 miles (77,000 kilometers) from the surface of the planet. The HD image resolves structures smaller than a mile across.

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-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

Today In Hip Hop History: The Source Remembers Graf Legend Iz The Wiz

Michael “Iz The Wiz” Martin passed away in Spring Hill, Florida on this date six years ago

On this day in 2009, the man known to the graffiti world as “IZ THE WIZ” died from kidney failure in Spring Hill, Florida. He was 50 years old.

The NYC born bomber began writing in graf’s infantile stages in the early 70s, but became more prolific in his own right when he took on his “IZ” moniker in 1975. By the early 80s, Martin had become one of the city’s most visible graf artists, with panels and top to bottoms on arguably every line. He is one of the founders of the Phun Factory in Long Island City, Queens, which later became known as the now defunct 5 Pointz Art Gallery. IZ was also one of the writers featured in the graffiti cult classic flick Style Wars, which also stars famed graf king and radio personality DJ Kay Slay.

The Wiz’s work continues to influence the graffiti community, where his work is still paid homage by artists and curators of art of all genres. On behalf of The Source.com and the entire Hip Hop community, it can be agreed that Mr. Martin is sorely missed. R.I.P.

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

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Solange, Michael B. Jordan, Trey Songz & More Celebrate Moet x Marcelo Burlon Collaboration

This week Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé revealed its first ever design collaboration – a Limited Edition by Marcelo Burlon: the Tiger Bottle Collection.  Continue reading Solange, Michael B. Jordan, Trey Songz & More Celebrate Moet x Marcelo Burlon Collaboration

Check Out Photos From This Year’s Block Party LA

This year’s Block Party LA included amazing performances by independent artists as well bigger names.

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Naomi Campbell, P.Diddy, Sarah Hyland Attend Omnia Nightclub Opening

The all new OMNIA Nightclub grand opening took place Friday, April 24th and Saturday April 25th at the famed Caesar’s Palace.

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Japan’s All Nippon Airways Will Launch Star Wars Plane In Time For Film Release

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A Star Wars plane is being launched by All Nippon Airways later this year

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will be releasing a plane painted to look like R2-D2 right in time for the new Star Wars film set to hit theaters this December. This could be the next best thing for Star Wars fans that are patiently waiting for The Force Awakens film release. ANA has unveiled a Boeing 787 Dreamliner decorated to look like the Star Wars robot R2-D2. The ANA jet will go into service on an international route later this year ahead of the film’s release.

The cockpit and front half of the white fuselage are painted with blue panels in the shape of those on the famous droid. Star Wars is also written on the body of the plane behind the wing. Images released by the company show the design for Star Wars cult followers to get a exclusive glance. Check out the gallery above…

May the force be with you!”

-Infinite Wiz (@Infinite Wiz)