Amazing GIF Shows How Mind-Blowingly Fast New Horizons Is Travelling Through Space

Created by Google product developer Clay Bavor, this GIF puts our measly aeroplane speeds into perspective compared to NASA’s New Horizons probe, which just completed a speedy flyby of Pluto.

new horizons speed comparison boeing 747 sr-72 blackbird

It puts the Boeing 747 and the reconnaissance aircraft SR-71 Blackbird speeds into perspective compared to the New Horizons spacecraft. The 747 travels at 885 km/h (550 mph), the Blackbird hits top speeds of 4,345 km/h (2,700 mph) while New Horizons cruises along at a breakneck speed of 57,936 km/h (36,000 mph).


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