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New Horizons - Pluto & beyond


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Not sure if there are any other science geeks out there, but the New Horizons mission spacecraft will make it's closest transit of Pluto in just under 1 3/4 hours (approx. 11:50 UTC).  Lorri, Alice, Ralph & Rex have been working overtime sending back data from the distant dwarf.  There's a nice app put out by NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab that tracks all of the current space missions.  http://eyes.jpl.nasa.gov/eyes-on-pluto.html

You can also find some great info and links here. http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/plutotoolkit.cfm

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The next flyby is in 18 days.  there are some great shots on the NASA websites.  to think,  3 billion miles and some 9 years later. It will be unreal to finally see up close what lies within the Kuiper Belt and beyond.

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The people involved in the mission must have an amazing level of dedication.  To wait 9 years from launch in the hope that it all comes off is something else.  The project actually started back in 1990 but was subsequently cancelled in 2000, before being reinstated shortly after.  After one more scheduled encounter with Pluto in 18 days it will venture further out into space to study some selected KBO's.  Where then for the New Horizons space probe?  The plan is that the probe will be 100 Astronomical Units from the Sun by 2038 studying the Heliosphere.  That's a mere 15 billion kilometers.

 

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After one more scheduled encounter with Pluto in 18 days

Another encounter? Thought it was a flyby...

Almost 10 years and 5billion km and 72 seconds ahead of schedule...if only our public transport was so reliable!

A truly remarkable achievement. Looking forward to Juno which is only a year out from Jupiter. My inner nerd is having palpitations.

 

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