New Horizons Spacecraft to Reach Pluto 365 Days From Now

July 14, 2014 12:41 PM

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New Horizons Spacecraft to Reach Pluto 365 Days From Now

It will exactly take 365 days from now for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft will reach its destination July 14, 2015. Stern, the principal investigator for NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission, has been waiting for the past eight-and-a-half years to witness a close encounter that the New Horizons spacecraft is set to make with Pluto next year.

The New Horizon spacecraft left earth in January 2006 to complete the 3-billion-mile journey to Pluto and beyond. The spacecraft is about the size and shape of baby grand piano. "The closest any spacecraft had ever been to Pluto was ridiculously far - about a billion miles. And we've been within a b...

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