Wow! The pictures keep getting better every day now! We only had blurry images just a few weeks ago, and now we have these amazing shots. I'm going to be waking up at 4:30 am PST on Tuesday to watch the live New Horizons flyby coverage, where we will see the best photos of Pluto that will probably be taken in our lifetimes. Decades of design and construction, 9.5 years of travelling over 3 billion miles, and now it is time to make it all work. The probe cannot communicate over the radio and take pictures at the same time, so the flyby happens fully automatically. If anything goes wrong or if it has a collision, we might never hear from the probe ever again, and we will never know why. So now we wait.
Some of the finest hardware and software engineering goes into projects like this. It is truly the pinnacle of human achievement. And it eventually becomes amazing technology that benefits us all at home as well.
Good luck New Horizons, you are all alone out there, but I know you can do it. All of us on Earth are looking forward to your first transmission on the other side, and then on to the Kuiper belt for more adventure!
(Update #1) Seems like I might not be waking up at 4:30 am PST after all ... here is a better schedule that indicates the best picture might be at 8:15 pm PST. http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/06240556-what-to-expect-new-horizons-pluto.html
(Update #2) No photos came out at 8:15 pm PST, so it looks like they are going to hold on to releasing them until the flyby press conference at 4:30 am PST tomorrow. So we're back to waking up early!#PlutoFlyBy