View Full Version : Fast Moving New Horizons Tracks an Asteroid

2006-Jun-16, 04:17 AM
Still a decade away from its final meeting with Pluto, New Horizons tested out its instruments on a relatively nearby asteroid. The spacecraft turned its Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) on asteroid 2002 JF56 at a range of 1.34 to 3.36 million kilometers (about 833,000 to 2.1 million miles). Controllers were happy to see that the camera system was able to track the asteroid while the spacecraft was moving so quickly; it'll need this capability when it reaches Pluto. Its next stop will be Jupiter, which it's due to encounter on February 28, 2007.

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2006-Jun-16, 01:19 PM
It is reassuring to see that New Horizons was able to do what Deep Space One could not.