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July 22-28, 2013 / Vol 32, No 29 / Hawai`i Island, USA

19 Jul 2013, 20:50 UTC
July 22-28, 2013 / Vol 32, No 29 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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New Horizons, Pluto, Kuiper Belt Conference & Outer Solar System Missions

Space Month 2013 continues as Juno speeds toward Earth for a flyby gravity assist in 79 days, Cassini orbits Saturn 10 AU from Earth, New Horizons reaches 5.8 AU & 721 days from Pluto, and Voyager 1 is 124 AU from Earth traveling toward interstellar space. The Johns Hopkins University APL and Southwest Research Institute host The Pluto System on the Eve of Exploration by New Horizons: Perspectives and Predictions at JHU/APL on July 22-26 in Laurel, Maryland, USA. Principal Investigator Alan Stern (T), Project Scientist Hal Weaver (B) and scientists / speakers will discuss Pluto system data analysis programs and potential new mission collaborations, and begin to integrate various perspectives and data on Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. New Horizons is expected to encounter Pluto July 14, 2015. After 1 year, it will target and fly by objects in the unexplored Kuiper Belt (discovered in 1992) from 2016-2020. Cassini is scheduled to continue operations at Saturn until September 2017. Juno is set to arrive at Jupiter July 4, 2016 and operate until October 2017. ESA is planning to launch JUICE to study Jupiter and moons Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, ...

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