Jan 01 2015

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It’s Pluto Eve!

So says the New Horizons mission team.

Here is the general time line of events as New Horizons approaches Pluto:

  • January: Systems testing concludes, actual mission begins
  • Jan-Feb: Continuous observing of Pluto, including measurements of interplanetary dust and charged particles at New Horizons’ current location/li>
  • March: Potential course correction. Mission team mini-break to prepare for April through July “sprint”
  • April: Begin long-range color imaging of Pluto and its moons
  • Mid May: BTH (Better than Hubble) point reached
  • 14 July: Pluto closest point of approach reached.

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