Dwarf Planet, Pluto The Next Stop For New Horizon Probe?

New Horizon probe is getting closer to the dwarf and icy planet and certainly the first spacecraft to explore Pluto.  Its closest approach will come on July 14, when the spacecraft will hover within 7,750 miles.

As of Tuesday, New Horizons was reported to be over 20 million miles from Pluto. Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., stated that the spacecraft is in very good health and is expected to unravel many mysteries being held by the dwarf planet. The spacecraft was designed and made by the lab for NASA.

A short film called Wanderers was released by the National Space Society to celebrate encounter of fast-approaching New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto. Stockholm computer animator Erik Wernquist has created the latest video.

Another means to gather insight into the New Horizons mission is the free app called Pluto Safari. It was exposed in a report that a command was issued by the New Horizons mission control at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL) in Laurel, Md., to cause the spacecraft to undergo a small course correction through a 45-second thruster burst.

According to APL, the velocity of New Horizons was adjusted by 52 centimeters per second through the burst.

“The spacecraft is healthy and all systems are operating normally.”

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  1. Russell Mills says

    “Its closest approach will come on July 14, when the spacecraft will hover within 7,750 miles.”

    I don’t think the spacecraft will be doing any “hovering”. It will fly right past without stopping.

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