New Hori­zons reach­es Plu­to and Charon

New Hori­zons reach­es Plu­to and Charon
Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI).

New Horizons reaches Pluto and Charon

On 14 Ju­ly 2015, the NASA space­craft New Hori­zons will fly past the dwarf plan­et Plu­to and its com­pan­ion, Charon. For the first time, an ob­ject in the Kuiper-Edge­worth belt of the So­lar Sys­tem will be ex­plored up close. New Hori­zons will pass Plu­to at a dis­tance of 12,500 kilo­me­tres, as shown in this artist’s im­pres­sion.

On 14 July 2015, the NASA spacecraft New Horizons will fly past the dwarf planet Pluto and its companion, Charon. For the first time, an object in the Kuiper-Edgeworth belt of the Solar System will be explored up close. New Horizons will pass Pluto at a distance of 12,500 kilometres, as shown in this artist’s impression.

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