Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Horizons Poster



Check out this cool New Horizons poster. Why post about a probe still about 5 years away from it's visit to Pluto? Well because the probe just recently imaged Pluto (I suspect for the first time) in a short exposure. It is still very far indeed, but at this distance it seems Pluto has become a fairly easy target. If you were at the New Horizons distance from Pluto today, I bet a small telescope would be enough to split Pluto and Charon. Probably not enough to pick up much of a disk, however. Correct me if wrong, I didn't do any math on this one.

3 comments:

NiteSkyGirl Blog said...

Great post !!!!!!!!! love that poster.

rocketry said...

The amazing fact of this mission for me is that after a 9 year journey to Pluto the New Horizons craft will only have 24 hours for observation at Pluto before heading out to Kuiper belt.

R2K said...

Indeed what a short visit! Hopefully everything works as planned...

A pluto orbiter would be nice, but that calls for a better understanding of the atmosphere there so we could rely on some drag to help us get orbit... perhaps a dip into pluto and a two stage burn could get orbit, with further dips and small burns to get that orbit regular... That would be hard work indeed, particularly if you wanted to get the probe there quickly!