The New Horizons spacecraft was launched in January 2006. It coasted by Pluto 14 July 2015 giving us our first close views of the dwarf planet and its moons. The largest moon is named Charon. Previous posts highlighting events of the mission are found here. NASA released two virtual flyovers of Pluto and Charon on … Continue reading Pluto | Virtual Flyovers | New Horizons Future
New Horizons spacecraft coasted past Pluto on July 14, 2015. Twenty three minutes before closest approach, the spacecraft scanned the surface in high resolution from the northwest to the southeast limbs of Pluto. It gathered about three dozen sharp images each about 50 miles wide (80 km). Mission scientists have arranged those images into the mosaic … Continue reading Pluto | Close-Up Views of Surface Details
Top findings by scientists with the New Horizons Pluto Mission were published in March 2016 in the journal Science. A list of the highlights is available in this news release from NASA. I will attempt to summarize each finding and their significance. Images used in this post are from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Click on any … Continue reading Pluto | What Have We Learned?
My previous post about the New Horizons flyby of Pluto was dated a few hours before the event of 14 July 2015. Communication with Earth by the spacecraft was turned off so it could execute a large number of commands during the few hours of flyby. The data is to be transmitted to Earth in … Continue reading Pluto | Discoveries by New Horizons
Update: July 14 6:15 am Latest just before flyby of Pluto in color posted on Twitter by Alex Parker. Discovery It has been 85 years since the discovery of Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh in February 1930. It was but a tiny speck of light on glass photographic plates. Tombaugh systematically imaged a region of the sky … Continue reading Pluto Comes Into Clear View