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New Horizon spacecraft will demystify Pluto

New Horizon spacecraft will demystify Pluto

The space exploration program by humans is achieving new goals day by day.  New Horizons spacecraft has literally reached to new horizon now as its parent agency NASA informed that it is about to complete nine year long travel to reach its destination. The spacecraft reached to Pluto after traveling for 4.8 billion kilometers.

The spacecraft will be closest to Pluto soon. It will be within the range of 12,472 kilometers, where all five moons of the Pluto are located. The spacecraft was launched when the Pluto was considered to be a part of the solar system and this is the first probe to investigate small cold planet. New Horizon is just 32 million kilometers away from the planet now. The course of the space probe has been corrected using a thruster now. 

Alan Stern, Principal investigator of the project said this occasion has cheered up his team. He works at Colorado based Southwest Research Institute. No project similar to this has happened since Voyager 2 left for Neptune back in 1989. If we look at the interplanetary missions of NASA, the agency attempted its first mission with Mariner 2 aimed at Venus during 1962. 

The next month will be crucial as the results of 10 year journey will be out soon. All data related to the atmosphere of the Pluto and its moon will be obtained. The spacecraft is being operated by Applied Physics Laboratory at Maryland based John Hopkins University on behalf of NASA. The tiny spacecraft has been designed by the same lab. 

 

 

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