NASA’s New Horizon is all geared up to make another history with its Pluto mission.
The space probe has travelled nearly five billion km to get a closer look of the dwarf planet. However, it has to cross 200 more kilometers to reach at the destination. Last week, the government space agency released first few images of the dwarf planet.
Mark Holdrige, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University’s Applies Physics Laboratory talked disclosed the main aim of these photographs. He informs that scientists took these pictures in order to figure out the exact position of the dwarf planet. They intend to carry out numerous corrections in the route of the spacecraft through these images. It will help the spacecraft to reach the icy object safely.
Although, these images are merely navigation pictures but still they are quite significant. Thus far, no probe or spacecraft has provided such a clear view of the dwarf planet.
The New horizon is expected to touch the surface of the second most massive dwarf planet at a speed of 14Km/s. As per the predictions of mission planners, the spacecraft would probably reach the dwarf planet at 11:50 GMT on the 14th of July 2015.
The chief objective of mission scientists is to fix seven different instruments on Pluto. These instruments will accumulate significant data and will send it to the space agency.