This picture of Neptune was produced from the last whole planet images taken through the green and orange filters on the Voyager 2 narrow angle camera.
The images were taken at a range of 4.4 million miles from the planet ,
4 days and 20 hours before closest approach.
The picture shows the Great Dark Spot and its companion bright smudge; on the west limb the fast moving bright feature called Scooter and the little dark spot are visible. These clouds were seen to persist for as long as Voyager's cameras could resolve them. North of these, a bright cloud band similar to the south polar streak may be seen.
Pluto and its companions are unlike the terrestrial and gas giant planets. Scientists believe Pluto and its companions in the Kuiper Belt are the planetary embryos from which the larger planets developed. The mission, of the New Horizons spacecraft, is a unique chance to study the early stages of planetary evolution and get a closer look at the region of space where many comets originate.
An abbreviated version of a traditional Jewish religious blessing. The phrase, accompanied by a hand gesture, came to a wider public in the Star Trek TV series. It was used there by the character Mr. Spock (actor Leonard Nimoy, himself Jewish) as the greeting of the Vulcan people. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/234750.html