Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Horizons Update

Hey Space Placers!

NASA's mission to Pluto, New Horizons, is alive and well. In January 2015 the hardy spacecraft will start encounter operations with a July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto that will provide a relatively close up look of the distant world and its moons. New Horizons will do a flyby as it cannot slow down and enter orbit since it does not have the fuel to do so and traveling at 30,000 mph would take a lot of fuel and a big engine to accomplish. The spacecraft will take on new targets once its primary mission at Pluto is over.

Image: Image: An artist's concept shows NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its 2015 encounter with Pluto and its moon, Charon.

There are some possible hazards in the vicinity of Pluto that has mission managers worried - Read More About It and the mission here:

Sky Guy in VA

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