NASA’s Pluto-bound spacecraft is set to make history on when it flies by the dwarf planet on Tuesday.
In a journey nearly a decade in the making, NASA’s New Horizons probe will become the first spacecraft in history to visit Pluto when it flies by the dwarf planet on Tuesday. The spacecraft is scheduled to pass within 7,800 miles of Pluto during its closest approach to the dwarf planet at 7:49:57 a.m. EDT on July 14.
During the flyby the New Horizons probe will go silent, directing its antenna away from Earth in order to position itself to capture the best images of Pluto and its moons. In addition to that, there is a 4.5 hour communications delay between Earth and the spacecraft, meaning we won’t receive live images of Pluto.
By the time we receive a signal from New Horizons, the spacecraft will have already made its closest approach to the dwarf planet. The New Horizons team should receive a small amount of data at 8:53 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 14, which will let them know the spacecraft survived its close encounter with the Pluto system.
NASA and the Slooh Community Observatory will be providing live coverage of ...