Pluto Flyby: July 14, 2015

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To get #New_Horizons all the way to Pluto in a reasonable amount of time (i.e., less than a decade), engineers had to send it there at an extremely high speed: around 31,000 miles per hour. That meant the craft had to be very light (about 1,000 pounds) — a bigger one would have been impossible to accelerate to that velocity. That, in turn, meant that New Horizons couldn’t carry much fuel, not nearly as much as would be needed to put it in orbit around Pluto, a small object without much gravity to grab the spacecraft. As a result, this event that’s been nine years in the making will be over in a very short period of time: New Horizons will fly by Pluto at an extremely high speed, traversing its diameter in a little less than three minutes. Fourteen minutes later, it’ll make its closest approach to Pluto’s moon Charon and take photos of its other four moons, as well.
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Originally posted 2015-07-14 00:32:28.

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