Fun fact about space: it takes a really long time to get there. You’d know that if you saw Matt Damon’s Space Potatoes, which apparently Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren did not.
So when NASA released photos from the New Horizons spacecraft containing the most detailed images of Pluto ever seen and first captured in 2015, she went off.
Why did they wait until NOW to release these? pics taken in 2015 and we pay their salaries in tax dollars https://t.co/hhXxrfsWEr— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) June 1, 2016
How can OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK *shakes fist at photo of Obama* not make photos immediately appear on our tablets, beamed directly from above like one of those Star Wars Treks documentary movies I saw at the picture show? Why can’t OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK *shakes fist at a photo of Obama* deliver us these beautiful images? What are they hiding?!
Well, nothing. It just takes 16 full months to download and transmit the data from the New Horizons craft. Three billion miles plus some incredibly slow downlinking isn’t something we can exactly speed up with Fox News conspiracies and complaints about OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK *shakes fist at a photo of Omaha because close enough*.