New Horizons spacecraft is going to reach Pluto
Launched into space at 19h pm local time (Florida, USA) on January 19th 2006, the New Horizons is implementing its mission - explore Pluto and its largest moon Charon (there are 5 planets fly around Pluto: Charon, Nix, Styx, Hydra and Kerberos).
New Horizon is expected approach Pluto tomorrow
At the time of the launch, the New Horizons spacecraft is the fastest ever launched into space by man, now the Voyager 1 can fly faster with nearly 62,000 km/h speed.
Expected at 11:49 am tomorrow (July 14th), the New Horizons will approach Pluto and fly with 12,500 km distance, the speed will be about 50,000 km/h. New Horizons' mission is to collect the data of Pluto and the planets around it, so that people can study in more details about this dwarf planet, typically the life and structure of the star, surface temperature, the aurora in the atmosphere... The data transmitted speed to Earth from New Horizons will reach 38Kbps.
Members of the media garbed in protective uniforms view NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on Nov. 4, 2005 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA expected that the first photo New Horizons can shoot and send from Pluto to Earth would be announced on Thursday or Friday this week. Alan Stern, who is most responsible for the New Horizons project, said the spacecraft need over 1 year to collect enough data, before continuing with other tasks. In 2016 the spacecraft will fulfill its mission.
Pluto and Charon
Today, Google also celebrates the New Horizons Pluto flyby with a cute, adorable
Pluto is turning around and little New Horizons if jumping on Google today
By: Rita Campbell