Today, I want to talk about a space mission for the first time in this blog. I’m talking about a NASA mission that I’m kind of excited about, the “New Horizons”. “New Horizons” is a robotic spacecraft that was launched on January 2006 and that is expected to arrive to Pluto in 2015 and to be the first spacecraft to ever explore Pluto and its moons, Charon, Nix, Hydra. Here’s a wonderful pic of Pluto and Charon:
In fact, you can follow the progress of the mission on twitter, https://twitter.com/NewHorizons2015. They update very often and offer cool pics sometimes. Actually, NASA does this with every mission which I think it’s great. Here’s a pic of how the spacecraft is:
Never before an object made by human kind has been that far. I mean, NASA may even try flybys of one or more objects from the Kuiper Belt. All this is awesome because we know very little about Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. For instance, in 2005 we discovered two new moons of Pluto, Nix and Hydra. I mean, we’ve just discovered them. Here’s a pic of Pluto with its moons Charon, Nix and Hydra:
Maybe you don’t understand why this is exciting, but for me as an engineer is awesome to think that something designed, made and managed by human beings in the Earth is now travelling across the solar system to get as far as any man-made object has ever been. But also, the things we will find out, the images we will get. For instance, here’s an artistic impression of how Pluto’s surface might be, the moon in the background is Charon, imagine if we got actual pics of these strange and amazing places:
Also, if the human being wants to explore Pluto, this mission has to be successful. Because it’s a really complex and expensive mission so if this fails NASA probably won’t be able to do this again within 50 years and by then Pluto will be in a position that will make this impossible. But, “New Horizons” has paid off already as has explored the solar system on his way to Pluto. In fact, we own “New Horizons” this picture of volcanic plumes in Jupiter’s moon Io:
So good luck to New Horizons and NASA workers.