I grabbed this screen the moment the clock counted down to zero … but it didn’t display zeroes. They put up zeroes at least 10 minutes later, and then counted down to when the craft would first signal back. Well, the distance and mission elapsed time tell the tale.

Other screens of the day:



One Million Miles


“The New Horizons spacecraft is now approaching a milestone – only one million miles to Pluto – which will occur at 11:23 p.m. EDT tonight, Sunday, July 12. It’s approaching Pluto after a more than nine-year, three-billion mile journey. At 7:49 AM EDT on Tuesday, July 14 the unmanned spacecraft will zip past Pluto at 30,800 miles per hour (49,600 kilometers per hour), with a suite of seven science instruments busily gathering data. The mission will complete the initial reconnaissance of the solar system with the first-ever look at the icy dwarf planet.”

“One Million Miles to Go; Pluto is More Intriguing than Ever”, NASA

Found online around 11:30 p.m. EDT, just past the one-million mark.