Everything you should know about Mission Pluto flyby

What is the name of Satellite ?
NASA’s New Horizons probe just became the first spacecraft to ever visit Pluto.

When did it happened ?
After 9 and a half years since the mission pluto was first launched,The satellaite passed within 7,750 miles of the pluto at 7:49 am ET Tuesday — and for the first time, it’s going to let us observe upon an entirely new world.

When will we be able to see the pictures of Pluto ?
Scientists didn’t have absolute confirmation until around 9 pm ET tonight (when they’ll receive a signal from the spacecraft) that the flyby went as planned  and we have to wait for the photos of the flyby until Wednesday afternoon.

The delay is because New Horizons is busy collecting data during the flyby — not transmitting it — and it takes 4.5 hours for any transmission to reach Earth.

However, we have the first picture of the Dwarf planet Pluto.

Images of Pluto acquired by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. Source: NASA

Source: NASA

Images of Pluto acquired by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.
How much did the New Horizon travel and when was it launched ?
New Horizons traveled 3 billion miles to get to Pluto and the small craft that passed by Pluto today was launched back in January 2006 .

It flew by Jupiter in 2007 and using the giant planet’s immense gravity to slingshot itself towards Pluto.


What is this mission meant for ?
The New Horizons space probe will  collect a huge amount of data on Pluto’s temperature, atmosphere, and interactions with the solar wind (the charged plasma released by the sun that emanates throughout the solar system), as well as the dwarf planet’s five moons.

Combined with the images, they’ll paint a complex portrait of a long-mysterious planet.
Already, data collected by New Horizons has allowed scientists to more precisely determine the size of the dwarf planet (its diameter is 1,473 miles, slightly larger than estimated) and revealed mysterious dark spots in its southern hemisphere.
Which all planets have we reached?
For a long time we’ve been striving to explore our solar system, sending spacecraft to each of the planets in turn: Venus and Mars in the 1960s, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn in the ’70s, and Uranus and Neptune in the ’80s.

These probes showed us entirely new worlds, revealing beautiful moons, rings, atmospheres, and landscapes.

“We know that the Earth went through the stage of growth that Pluto stopped at,”-Alan Stern, New Horizons’ principal investigator.

“This will help us connect the dots.”


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