New Horizons!

By: Anika Gore

What is New Horizon?

New horizon is a spacecraft that is being sent to pluto to find more about it. It was launched on January 19,2006 and should be landing this July on pluto.

why they are sending it?

  • they are sending it to find out more about pluto
  • It could hit a plutonian moon
  • The probe will continue on and scientists hope they catch more intersesting things
  • the SDC will collect dust and small particles on the spacecrafts entire journey

new horizons journey and mission

  • Its journey is almost equal to 32 trips between the Earth and the Sun
  • Its mission will continue beyond Pluto
  • The main goal of the mission is to explore Pluto and its large moon Charon.

Why they are exploring pluto?

  • Pluto, the largest known body in the Kuiper Belt, offers nitrogen atmosphere, complex seasons , distinct surface markings, an ice-rock interior that may harbor an ocean, and at least five moons
  • Currently, even with the New horizons closer to pluto than the earth is to the sun, the pluto system resembles little more than bright dots in the distance
  • Pluto is not a planet and hence that they are sending the spacecraft to find out more about why it isnt a planet

About the spacecraft

  • its the fastest spacecraft ever launched
  • It’s now the closest manmade object to Pluto (and it’s getting closer)
  • The instruments will also Map the chemical composition and temperature of surfaces
  • New horizons uses nuclear power
  • New horizon hibernates to protect itself
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