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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Some quick notes: New Horizons survives hazardous passage through the Pluto system, control team now eyes the next target....

Above: Images from new Horizons approach to Pluto.

There's so much going on with the New Horizons mission right now that it's hard to take it all in - there's a lot of data still to come home, and the ground control team are already thinking about the next world in the Kuiper belt they want to visit. But here're a few quick notes that I've been able to gather from the internet scuttlebutt:

  • Data from the flyby will begin coming down today, and will include huge images of both Pluto and its biggest moon, Charon.

  • There will be a media event at about 1900 GMT where NASA will release some more data.

Above: one of the first attempts at a colour image of Pluto, using data from various new horizons instruments. Courtesy of ZLD on

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