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As NASA flies by Pluto, Google doodles it

Technically Incorrect: It wouldn't be a momentous event unless there was a Google doodle.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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If Google doodles it, it's history. screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

If I lived on Pluto and those weird humans suddenly sent a spacecraft to spy on me, I'd be perturbed.

If I discovered they called my fine home "the dwarf planet," I might even get annoyed at the effrontery.

I'd only be soothed, in fact, if I discovered that Google had respected my planet enough to create a doodle.

Thankfully, Google's fine designers have leaped to the task.

No sooner had NASA's New Horizons probe reached Pluto than Google on Tuesday revealed its artistic impression.

It's a simple doodle. The second "O" of Google is turned into Pluto. Then a probe flies by in metronomic rhythm, over and over again.

NASA's New Horizons probe made its closets pass by Pluto -- coming within 7,800 miles of the surface -- at around 4:50 a.m. PT on Tuesday. The probe was launched in 2006 on a mission to study Pluto and its moons.

Those with sensitive eyes will note that Google's depiction of Pluto includes the mysterious heart-shaped area first noticed by NASA last week.

Is this a symbol from the Plutonians, telling us that they've long admired our culture and that for them our arrival is like Valentine's Day?

Was it created by million of "little" Plutonians standing in strict formation like bands before college football games or children at Olympics opening ceremonies?

I wonder if we'll ever know.