NASA’s New Horizons Probe Set Up First Color Portrait Of Pluto
A colorful image of a planet which is 3 billion miles away from Earth with temperature of -387 to -369 Fahrenheit is unimaginable. Isn’t?
This mind-boggling mission could be accomplished by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. The image captured from about 71 million miles distance hints not only colorful Pluto but dwarf planet’s biggest moon, Charon, as well.
The portrait can’t be contemplated more than just a pinch of few dots but these marks are enough to favor miraculous views of Pluto, which has technically been excluded from Planets’ family.
Deputy project scientist for the mission, Southwest Research Institute’s Cathy Olkin said: “Starting in May, Pluto will get the highest-resolution images ever, and it’s going to get better every day from there.”
Not forget, this is the first ever image taken of Pluto. Ralph color imager of New Horizons was used for this purpose. When NASA introduced New Horizons in 2006, the spacecraft was tasked to study Pluto and fellow celestial objects in the Kuiper belt, 2.5 to 4.5 billion miles far from the sun.
The next task for New Horizons, traveling at more than 30,000 mph, for a point 7,750 miles from the surface, will be to zoom through the Pluto on July 14, for the sake of — 400 meters per pixel — extremely sharp pictures of the Pluto. The data, collected during the expedition, will be transmitted back to Earth using New Horizons’ 12-watt transmitter in 16 months.
Since its launch, New Horizons has been successfully transmitting unprecedented images of the distant planets. In the year of its launch, 2006, it captured Jupiter. Will New Horizon be able to show us lucid images of Pluto? Lets wait and see!
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.