New Horizons Spacecraft
Image Credits: NASA.
The New Horizons Spacecraft awoke from ‘hibernation’ on December 6th, 2014 and made a flyby of Pluto on Tuesday 14th July 2015 at 11:49:57 UTC.
- Map surface composition of Pluto and Charon
- Characterize geology and morphology of Pluto and Charon
- Characterize the neutral atmosphere of Pluto and its escape rate
- Search for an atmosphere around Charon
- Map surface temperatures on Pluto and Charon
- Search for rings and additional satellites around Pluto
- Conduct similar investigations of one or more Kuiper Belt Objects
1025 lbs (465 kg), 8 feet wide (2.5 m), RTG powered