Above: A simulation of New Horizons closest approach, courtesy of Fred Lochlear.
So what do we know so far?
|Above: Five views of different segments of Pluto. The NH probe will zip by so fast that this will actually be the best view we get of some parts of Pluto. Start lobbying for a sequel mission folks! Courtesy of NASA.|
|Above: The latest images of Pluto ad Charon, Courtesy of NASA.|
|Above: Some of the possible explanations for Pluto surface features.|
What can we expect tomorrow?
Well, although some of the 'wow' shots will be downloaded fairly fast, the vast majority of the data from the probe will take weeks, maybe more than a month, to download back to Earth. So, unless there's a stunningly obvious alien city o the surface don't expect any major discoveries right away. The reason for this is that New Horizons is deeper into space than almost all the human space craft that have ever flown - there ain't no Internet out there folks..
For a bit more of an informed opinion here's Emily Lakdewala's Pluto preview - listen here - and here's the flyby schedule.