On Tuesday, July 14, an epic once-in-a-lifetime event will take place: NASA will fly their spacecraft, New Horizons, by one of the last stops in our solar system “Pluto”. New Horizons is the first spacecraft ever designed to reach Pluto, and the scientific information it gathers on Tuesday will eventually rewrite the textbook on this tiny icy world of which we know so little. The New Horizons mission is unique in many ways and even has a few secrets on board.
Few facts about NASA’s epic mission to Pluto ;
- The launch of New Horizons holds the record for being the fastest in history.
- Although New Horizons was always designed to reach Pluto, it had to fly close to Jupiter first
- New Horizons is carrying the ashes of Pluto’s discoverer Clyde Tombaugh
- New Horizons is powered with nuclear fuel
- New Horizons has seven instruments on board. Two of them have names based from a ’50s television series
- All of the instruments on New Horizons run on very little energy, especially the Ralph camera
- A tiny chunk of debris could destroy the spacecraft
- It’s been 26 years since we had our last “first look” at a planet
- New Horizons is traveling so far away from the sun that it can’t rely on solar panels to generate energy
Source : BI