3 billion miles
That's how far New Horizons has traveled since 2006 in its journey towards Pluto. On Tuesday, the craft snapped photos as it passed the dwarf planet, which NASA posted to its Instagram account. As Buzzfeed reports, New Horizons came within 7,750 miles of Pluto, the closest a spacecraft has ever come to the planet's surface.
SNEAK PEEK of gorgeous Pluto! The dwarf planet has sent a love note back to Earth via our New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled more than 9 years and 3+ billion miles. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach - 7:49 a.m. EDT today. This same image will be released and discussed at 8 a.m. EDT today. Watch our briefing live on NASA Television at: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv The high res pic will be posted on the web at: http://www.nasa.gov. This stunning image of the dwarf planet was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. The spacecraft was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons #solarsystem #nasabeyond #science
A photo posted by NASA (@nasa) on Jul 14, 2015 at 4:00am PDT
That's how many world powers reached an agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program. In exchange, the U.S., United Nations, and European Union will lift sanctions placed on Iran. That leaves many experts wondering what will happen to the global oil market when Iran is able to ramp up its exports.
That's the iPhone's share of total smartphone profits, which is up from the 65 percent it took in last year, according to a new report. And as the Wall Street Journal points out, that's an impressive take given that Apple only sells 20 percent of smartphones by unit.
Speaking of Apple, that's how many retail locations will offer Apple Pay in the UK, making it the first market outside of the U.S. to offer the digital-wallet system. But as Bloomberg reports, it will be a tougher sell than in the U.S., as the U.K. is much better set up with contactless pay systems — Apple pay requires users to hold a button, as well as correct positioning.
Renee Montagne talks with Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran bureau chief for the New York Times, about how Iranians are reacting to the nuclear deal reached with the U.S. and other western powers.
If Congress passes a measure of disapproval regarding the lifting of Iran sanctions, President Obama likely would veto it — meaning a two-thirds majority would have to opposed Tuesday's agreement.
The continent of Africa has historically struggled to grow its manufacturing base. That appears to be starting to change in the textile and garment industries. As the Wall Street Journal notes, Africa is now being viewed by some companies as a low-cost competitor to countries like China, Vietnam and Bangladesh.
According to the International Labor Organization, garment industry wages in Ethiopia run about $21 a month. That’s compared to $67 in Bangladesh and much higher in China.
Steve Lamar is with the American Apparel and Footwear Association. He says countries like Ethiopia and Kenya have been successful to integrating industries up and down the textile supply chain.
“The ability to transform from fiber through yarn and into fabric and garment,” Lamar says, “that will become an additional magnet for more sourcing from Africa."
Another driver of the growth in the African textile industry are rising costs in Asia.
“You know, costs in China, which is the world’s largest apparel manufacturer by far, have been going up," says Kimberly Elliot, a senior fellow with the Center for Global Development. "Wages in particular have been going up for several years now.”
China and Vietnam still account for over 50 percent of all U.S. clothing imports, and Elliot doesn’t expect that to change any time soon. “This shift is still pretty small, the numbers are still pretty small relative to the global textile and apparel market.”
Labor aside, Elliot notes that other costs, such as electricity, water and transportation, can be quite high in Africa.
Early Tuesday morning, NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft will complete the first-ever flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports live from the New Horizons Control center.
The parliament starts debate Tuesday on the new bailout plan agreed to over the weekend with eurozone countries. Given the concessions Greece agreed to, it's likely to be a very stormy session.
A new Frontline documentary explores what life is like for the girls and women who have been enslaved by Islamic State militants, and also tells the story of those fighting to free them.
The settlement with Garner's family won't require the city to admit liability for his death. The unarmed black man died after police placed him in a chokehold last year.
All of those whose sentences were commuted would have gotten lighter prison terms under new sentencing guidelines. The White House says the they aren't hardened criminals and deserve a second chance.
GM and the UAW kicked off contract talks Monday; Chrysler and Ford will do the same this month. Negotiations are never easy, but since industry bailouts in 2009, there's a stronger push to cooperate.
Officials in Vienna tell NPR's Peter Kenyon that preparations are being made today to announce a historic accord that will restrict Iran's nuclear program and lift some economic sanctions.
For NPR's series #RaceOnTech, we are meeting the diverse men and women who work in America's tech and science fields, like Dr. Mamie Parker, a fish and wildlife biologist who's a pioneer in her field.
The search for the perfect day care is getting increasingly more difficult, as small independent operations are closing. And in rural areas, it's even worse.
A Syrian forensic photographer, who goes by Ceasar, took thousands of photos of those who have died in Syria's prisons. His photos will be on display in the halls of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday.
In recent years, a body of research has shown that beneficial microbes play a critical role in how our bodies work. And it turns out there's a lot of communication between our gut and our brain.
The historic agreement likely will curb parts of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, but still has to be approved by various world capitals.
The family's attorney confirms the settlement to NPR. Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by police last July in Staten Island, N.Y., during an arrest that was captured on video.
It's no longer a secret that Iceland makes a delicious yogurt-like dairy product called skyr. The trouble is, Iceland's dairy cows don't produce much milk. Farmers are wondering what to do.
Walker, the latest to enter a crowded GOP side, said he will prioritize reform, growth and safety. "True freedom and prosperity do not come from the mighty hand of the government," he said.
They travel for months, even years, from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe, hoping for a better life. But many thousands are forced into prostitution to pay for the journey.