NASA makes New Horizons explorer ‘wake up’ travel to Pluto




NASA has successfully spacecraft Horizon reactivated. The satellite is near the mini-planet Pluto which will be expected to reach just over 200 days. New Horizons was launched nearly nine years ago.

According to the space agency, operators of the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University successfully commands sent that made ​​the New Horizons spacecraft from its sleep mode. The signal was about 4.5 hours on the road: the satellite is now more than 4.6 billion miles from Earth. The ultimate goal of New Horizons is to study Pluto and its moons.

NASA’s spacecraft must, if all goes well, next year in July arrive at Pluto. On July 14, New Horizons would be closest to the mini planet, so on that day the best pictures should be shot. Observing the dwarf planet and its moons already starts on 15 January. In the coming weeks will see the research team on earth or all components of the New Horizons function properly.

The New Horizons spacecraft was launched in January 2006, so it is now almost nine years on the road. In about two-thirds of the time the systems were in sleep mode to prevent wear and system errors.

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