Sunday, 7 December 2014

New Horizons Pluto probe awakes

If you think it's hard waking up after a nine-hour plane flight, imagine doing so after a space voyage of nine years and three billion miles. On Saturday, NASA's New Horizons deep space probe woke itself up from hibernation mode as it began preparations for its flyby of Pluto and its moons next July. Having traveled 2.9 billion miles from Earth and with 162 million miles to go, the signals announcing the awakening took four hours and 26 minutes to cover the distance to NASA’s Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia... Continue Reading New Horizons Pluto probe awakes

Section: Space

Tags: Kuiper Belt, NASA, New Horizons, Pluto, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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