View Full Version : Podcast: There Goes New Horizons

2006-Feb-10, 06:34 AM
SUMMARY: Take a look through any book on our Solar System, and you'll see beautiful photographs of every planet - except one. Eight of our nine planets have been visited up close by a spacecraft, and we've got the breathtaking photos to prove it. Pluto's the last holdout, revealing just a few fuzzy pixels in even the most powerful ground and space-based telescopes. But with the launch of New Horizons in January, bound to arrive at Pluto in 9 years, we're one step closer to completing our planetary collection - and answering some big scientific questions about the nature of objects in the Kuiper Belt. Alan Stern is the Executive Director of the Space Science and Engineering Division, at the Southwest Research Institute. He's New Horizon's Principal Investigator.

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2006-Feb-10, 05:18 PM
I wonder if a flyby of UB 313 is a possibility - if the spacecraft can last that long.

2006-Feb-10, 06:37 PM
No, it isn't, unfortunately. Emily Lakdawalla adressed that question in this week's episode of Planetary Radio (http://www.planetary.org/radio/show/00000154/), if you're interested. 2003 UB313 lies greatly outside the spacecraft's navigational abilities. Once New Horizons passes Pluto, it's only able to study other KBOs within a 1 cone or so around its path.

2006-Feb-10, 08:27 PM
The hope being, of course, that some number of KBO's within that zone will be dicovered within the next 9 years, to allow for the course adjustments necessary to get to it (them). As far as I recall (yes I could check but I'm in a rush!) there are no actual KBO targets at this time.

2006-Feb-10, 08:56 PM
Thankfully they have plenty of time to plan an itinerary.

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