A fridge with a pre-iPhone camera took a picture of a rock today.
How will this benefit me? Is it really important? Don’t we have better things to spend money on? These are a few of the arguments you’ll end up hearing about it, but flying past the planet (not in my name deGrasse Tyson) Pluto matters.
The best thing about modern science breakthroughs are just how far beyond the comprehension of the layman they now are. We have passed the territory of explaining why apples fall or we look a bit like apes and we are now in the realm of sub-atomic discovery. The type that requires years of intense, and to some expensive, research.
This is not science that can be made fun of, it’s not the kind of story that newspapers like about the tensile strength of a dunked biscuit, it is proper and hard science. It requires slingshots around planets to be able to direct a piece of metal towards a rock smaller than the moon millions of miles away (think how hard it is to throw a ball of paper in a bin across a room).