Pluto Still Loves Us

The scientific community may have revoked Pluto's planet status, but it makes this picture taken by New Horizons last night no less astonishing. 

The story of New Horizons journey is incredible. We launched this spacecraft, which is smaller than a Smartcar into space nine years ago, and impossibly it has made it's way to the outer limits of our solar system running off of just 200 watts of power. 

There's nothing that gets me more optimistic about the future of mankind than space travel. It kills me that we've all but defunded NASA, and that we are now relying on private organizations like SpaceX to continue pushing the state of the art forward when it comes to exploring the infinite.  What greater reason for being do Earthlings have other than getting to places that are not Earth?