You guys, I am so psyched over this mission. I've wanted, since like I was in 7th grade, to see real photos of Pluto and to see what it's actually like rather than "artist's interpretation of what it may appear". My curiosity grew when I first saw the pictures sent back from Hubble only to find out that it could only resolve a blur of pixels which didn't show anything but a smear. Even though it's probably just going to be white with ice or brown with rock, I still cannot wait to see it for real.
Though New Horizons remains about 134 million miles (216 million km) from Pluto, it has already begun taking the dwarf planet's measure: Science observations began today, marking the beginning of "Approach Phase 1."