Monday, January 16, 2006

New Horizons Awaits Launch

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is in Flight Condition. It currently sits idle at the launch pad as the seconds slowly tick past. Tomorrow, if all goes well, the little probe will head skyward toward it destination: the Kuiper Belt.

Along the way it will slide past Pluto and its buddy, Charon, and shoot some photos and take some readings of the oft maligned frozen little popsicle world. Besides being cold, dark and small, Pluto harbors some secrets of its own, like a possible underground ocean, and could provide the answers to questions scientists haven't even thought of yet.

As of this moment New Horizons radioisotope thermoelectric generator is operational, meaning the little spacecraft has full power for the next 20 years...

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