Space Station New Horizons today will get to Pluto at the shortest possible distance
Space Station New Horizons today will get to Pluto at the shortest possible distance

Space Station New Horizons today will get to Pluto at the shortest possible distance

Космическая станция New Horizons сегодня подберется к Плутону на минимально возможное расстояние New Horizons interplanetary station today, July 14, will pass at the minimum possible distance from Pluto – 12.5 thousand kilometers. Thus, the first mission in the history of mankind will reach the distant dwarf planet, into which the device went more than nine years ago. The last signal from the device was sent on July 14 at about 6 a.m. Further, the device will support radio silence and focus on data collection. According to the researchers, the device will approach the dwarf planet at the minimum possible distance on July 14, at 14.49 – at this moment New Horizons will be separated from Pluto by 12.5 thousand kilometers. The device will make more than 150 measurements on seven devices. This information will help to study the geology and composition of the planet, the temperature of its surface and the state of the atmosphere. The signal sent by the space probe when approaching Pluto, will reach the Earth only the next day, July 15 at 4 in the morning. Up to this point, NASA experts will not know whether the mission ended successfully. However, the chance that the device could be lost during the passage of layers of cosmic dust near Pluto is only 1 out of 10 thousand. Космическая станция New Horizons сегодня подберется к Плутону на минимально возможное расстояние Photo: NASA / JHUAPL / SWRI So far, New Horizons sent only low-resolution images of Pluto due to the low data rate. Photo: NASA / JHUAPL / SWRI The images that New Horizons will take next to Pluto will come to Earth in a few months. The device itself will not return anymore – in the event of the successful completion of the mission on Pluto, in 2016-2020, the New Horizons will begin to study the Kuiper belt – a disk-shaped region of ice objects beyond the orbit of Neptune. New Horizons was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral in the United States in January 2006. A year later, he passed by Jupiter, collecting and transmitting to the Earth valuable information about the atmosphere, magnetosphere and satellites of the planet. After the apparatus continued its journey in the so-called low energy mode for better safety of the data collection devices located on it. During its journey, the New Horizons spacecraft has already sent many images of Pluto and its satellites to Earth. Scientists hope that the dwarf planet will soon cease to be one of the most unexplored objects of the solar system. Source: 42.tut.by

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