Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pluto on the Horizon


Click the arrow to watch the July 13, 2015 media briefing. Video source: NASA YouTube channel.

Three thousand, four hundred sixty-three days after it launched from Pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, NASA's New Horizons probe will fly past Pluto today.

The close encounter is scheduled for 7:49:57 AM EDT, but it will take most of the day for the first high-resolution images to arrive at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, home of the program's mission control.


New Horizons' current position in the solar system. Image source: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Official web sites:

NASA New Horizons web page.

Johns Hopkins web page.


A portrait from the final approach. Pluto and Charon display striking color and brightness contrast in this composite image from July 11, showing high-resolution black-and-white LORRI images colorized with Ralph data collected from the last rotation of Pluto. Color data being returned by the spacecraft now will update these images, bringing color contrast into sharper focus. Image source: NASA.

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