The NASA probe, New Horizons, has beamed backed new images of Pluto and one of its moons, Charon.The recent images are the first of its kind since the mission started in July last year. In the images, Pluto along with its moon resembles white globules, and these images have been taken by the probe from about 200 million kilometers away. On the other hand, in the month of May, the NASA probe is expected to return with better images of the “dwarf planet” that is located five billion kilometers from Earth. The new images are expected to be better than the views provided by the Hubble telescope.
Controllers to guide the spacecraft on the right path!
Even though the current pictures have nothing much to offer, the main use that they are expected to serve is to make certain that the probe is headed in the right direction and is prepared for its appointmentwith the planet in about five months time. To ensure that the probe stays on course, NASA’s controllers will be carrying out a series of optical navigation reviews. The controllers will have to make sure that the probe does not head into a debris field that surrounds the planet when it travels at a speed of 13km/s.The first set of spacecraft adjustments is expected to take place from next month onwards.
NASA releases pictures on the birthday of Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto
The new images were released by the US space agency on the 109th birthday of the man who is credited of discovering the planet – Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.As Clyde Tombaugh passed away in 1997, Annette Tombaugh, the daughter of the much respected figure in the scientific community, said: “My dad would be thrilled with New Horizons.”