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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The New Horizons spacecraft near Pluto and Charon in July 2015

The New Horizons spacecraft near Pluto and Charon in July 2015
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Artist's concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, in July 2015. The craft's miniature cameras, radio science experiment, ultraviolet and infrared spectrometers and space plasma experiments will characterize the global geology and geomorphology of Pluto and Charon, map their surface compositions and temperatures, and examine Pluto's atmosphere in detail. The spacecraft's most prominent design feature is a nearly 7-foot (2.1-meter) dish antenna, through which it will communicate with Earth from as far as 4.7 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) away.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

3 comment(s):

Catherine Laplace-Builhe said...

WOW ! Quelle photo !!

Jean-Baptiste Faure said...

Merci ! Je suis très heureux qu'elle te plaise !!

Pier Makanda said...

Astounding mission. Great to see some artists' concepts. Great blog!

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