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In light of New Horizon’s closest approach with Pluto coming in two hours, here’s a newspaper article I’ve had since I was 6.omg-humor.tumblr.com: THE STRAITS TIMES SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2006 WORLD » JOURNEY TO THE LAST PLANET A piano-sized spacecraft has embarked on its mission to explore Pluto and beyond, completing Nasa's initial reconnaissance of the solar system. Antenna SWAP Observes Pluto's interaction with solar wind Radioisotope thermoelectric NEW HORIZONS PROBE generato LORRI Provides Weght 55Skg Alice Analyses the composition and structure of Pluto's atmosphere high resolution geologie data Raiph Provides colour, composition and thermal maps Pumun SOURCE NASA THE MISSION Earth Pluto 3.06 billion miles in 2015 SOLAR SYSTEM Nephine Jupiter Kuiper Belt and nyont Charon (Pluto's imoon) Mars Venus Uranus Saturn Sun Merary Asteroids 2016-20 Spacecraft will be mostly dormant 2015 2007 In nine years, the probe will spend five months mapping the surfaces and studying the environ- ments of Pluto and its moons Nasa will make use of Jupiter's gravity to stingshet the craft to Pluto, trimming the trip by five years Fastest spacecraft ever taunched will reach lunar orhit in just nine hours GRAPHICS ADAPTED FROM AP AND REUTERS 9-year passage to Pluto After a delay of two days, Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft finally takes off agency 200kmh next year straight to Pluto, costing the designed to reach a top have forced the craft to go American to have discovered American to bgn is the only by using Jupiter's gravity to slingshot itself into the outer so mission an extra three years of travel time. Plumbing the mysteries of Pluto will help scientists under- stand why the planets formed where they did New Horizons will aso give researchers a close-up look at planet. But that may change soon if the Intemational Astro nomical Union certifies Xena an object found last year by a team at the California Institute of Technology, to be a planet. Xena is larger than Pluto If all goes according to plan, New Horizons will fly close to Pluto to sample its thin atmo - lar system. It is expected to reach Pluto in July 2015. The New Horizons launch capped a successful week for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which on Sunday saw the return of the AFTER two days of delays, Stardust spacecraft, bearing CAPE CANAVERAL (FLORIDA) of ley planetoids that lies be craft finally executed a picture perfect lift-off on Thursday from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a nine-vear journey to Piutn,keep its sppotntment with Jupi- the last unexplored planet in our selar system. The first American probe to on Tuesday, but high winds visit a new planet since 1977. forced a one-day delay New Hortzons was launched at 2p Eastern time (3am yester- again the next day when a pow- day, Singapore time). where it needs to be, Pysics Laboratory at Johns sides seven scientific instru- going at the right speed, in the Hopkins University, where ments, New Horizons is carry- right direction", said launch di rector Omar Baez New Horizons is the lastest crft ever bulit by the space shaped comet Wild 2. ere and map its still-un- Launching in January was been found recentlyets have inuportant for New Herizons to known surface. After scrutinising Pluto, the spacecraft will take a glimpae at its large moon, Charon. Prom there, it may be directed to wards one or two other Kuiper Belt objects before heading into per Belt, leading scientists to speculate that it may be the re- mains of a giant 10th planet ton apart by the forces of the inner planets At a news conference fol- ter nost year. It was scheduled to launch The mission was scrubbed lowing the launch, Dr Alan interstellar space. Stern, the mission's principal "I don't think the final chap ter (of the solar system) will fe written by this mission," said Dr Stern."The 21st century will be a bonanza of studies of the deep outer solar system." LOS ANGELES TIMES mission control is located Clouds on Thursday delayed the launch by almost an hour. Continued delays would ing an unusual piece of cargo the ashes of Mr Clyde Tom- baugh, the astronomer who dis covered Pluto in 1930. CНECK OUT MЕМЕРIХ.COМ MEMEPIX.COM In light of New Horizon’s closest approach with Pluto coming in two hours, here’s a newspaper article I’ve had since I was 6.omg-humor.tumblr.com

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Upcoming Space Events of 2015!omg-humor.tumblr.com: SPACE EVENTS 2015 EARLY 2015 JAN 20 The Philae lander will awaken. It fell into an idle mode after it came to rest between two The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket shadowy cliffs. launches the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) for the U.S. Navy. JAN 27 - 29 JAN 31 The NIAC Program will generate radically better and entirely new aerospace concepts. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches DSCOVR, a satellite designed to warn of harmful solar activity. FEB 11 Europe is due to launch a test flight of its reusable Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV). MAR 6 NASA's Dawn probe will arrive at Ceres, which was considered to be the largest asteroid in our Solar System until it was officially classified as a Dwarf Planet. MAR 20 The dark shadow of the moon will trace a curved path primarily over the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. MAR 27 NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will start a one-year stay in MARCH space on the ISS. A first. NASA's MESSENGER mission will end, sending the probe crashing into Mercury. MARCH MARCH An Atlas V rocket launches the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission designed to take measurements of magnetospheric boundary regions. The Delta IV rocket launches the GPS IIF-9, the eighth in a series of next-generation GPS satellites which will improve GPS accuracy worldwide. APR 12 Yuri's Night parties will be held around the world to celebrate Yuri Gagarin becoming the first person in space (1961) and the inaugural launch of NASA's Space Shuttle (1981). APR 24 The Hubble Space Telescope turns 25. It's expected to function through 2018. Its successor will be the James Webb Telescope. MAY JUNE The U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B robotic space plane is expected to launch on its fourth mission. Its missions are classified. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Dragon spacecraft on the seventh operational cargo delivery mission to the ISS. JUNE JUL 14 The Atlas V rocket launches the GPS IF-10 satellite, the tenth in a series of next-generation GPS satellites, resulting in improved GPS accuracy worldwide. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make its much-anticipated flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. AUG 6 After 3 years on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover will continue exploring the base of Mt. Sharp in Gale Crater throughout 2015. AUG 12 The Perseid meteor shower is usually considered to be among the best of the annual meteor displays at 90 meteors per hour. AUGUST The Rosetta spacecraft will accompany Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko on its closest approach to the sun, beaming back unprecidented science. NOV 5 - 12 Earth periodically encounters swarms of large particles, which can produce fireball meteors in certain years, and 2015 is predicted to be one of those years. DEC 13 - 14 The Geminid meteor shower may generate up to two meteor sightings every minute, or 120 per hour. 2015 The European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder mission will attempt to detect ripples in space- time. LATE 2015 The EHT, is an array of telescopes around the world that will simulate a telescope the diameter of our planet, for the first time ever. FOREKAST. C O M Expected dates as of 20 January, 2015 CHECK OUT MEMEPIX.COM МЕМЕРIХ.Cом Upcoming Space Events of 2015!omg-humor.tumblr.com

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