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NASA : NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Begins First Stages of Pluto Encounter .- Nave espacial New Horizons de la NASA comienza primeras etapas de un encuentro con Plutón

Hola amigos: A VUELO DE UN QUINDE EL BLOG., hemos recibido de la Agencia Espacial NASA, la información sobre los avances de la Nave Espacial : NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, cuya misión es explorar los confines del espacio fuera del Sistema Solar, justamente ya se prepara para un encuentro con  Plutón y sus satélites; fue lanzada en enero del 2006, a través de un sobrevuelo asistencia gravitacional de Júpiter en febrero de 2007, para el encuentro con Plutón y sus lunas en el verano de 2015.
Nave espacial: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, comenzó recientemente su tan esperado, histórico encuentro con Plutón. La nave espacial está entrando en la primera de varias fases de aproximación que culminan 14 de julio con el primer sobrevuelo de cerca del planeta enano, 4670 millones millas (7,5 mil millones kilometros) de la Tierra.
NASA, nos dice : ""La NASA en su primera misión a Plutón distante también estará la humanidad está cerrar primero la vista de esto, un mundo inexplorado frío en nuestro sistema solar", dijo Jim Green, director de la División de Ciencias Planetarias de la NASA en la sede de la agencia en Washington. "El equipo de New Horizons trabajó muy duro para prepararse para esta primera fase, y se hizo sin problemas."

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NASA’s New Horizons is the first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt of icy, rocky mini-worlds on the solar system’s outer frontier. This animation follows the New Horizons spacecraft as it leaves Earth after its January 2006 launch, through a gravity-assist flyby of Jupiter in February 2007, to the encounter with Pluto and its moons in summer 2015.
(New Horizons de la NASA es la primera misión a Plutón y el Cinturón de Kuiper de, mini-mundos rocosos helados en la frontera exterior del sistema solar. Esta animación sigue la nave New Horizons, ya que deja la Tierra después de su lanzamiento en enero de 2006, a través de un sobrevuelo asistencia gravitacional de Júpiter en febrero de 2007, para el encuentro con Plutón y sus lunas en el verano de 2015.)
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14 with the first close-up flyby of the dwarf planet, 4.67 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) from Earth.
“NASA first mission to distant Pluto will also be humankind’s first close up view of this cold, unexplored world in our solar system,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “The New Horizons team worked very hard to prepare for this first phase, and they did it flawlessly.”
The fastest spacecraft when it was launched, New Horizons lifted off in January 2006. It awoke from its final hibernation period last month after a voyage of more than 3 billion miles, and will soon pass close to Pluto, inside the orbits of its five known moons. In preparation
 
Artist’s concept of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft
Artist’s concept of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it passes Pluto and Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, in July 2015.
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NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben
 
 for the close encounter, the mission’s science, engineering and spacecraft operations teams configured the piano-sized probe for distant observations of the Pluto system that start Sunday, Jan. 25 with a long-range photo shoot.
 
The images captured by New Horizons’ telescopic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) will give mission scientists a continually improving look at the dynamics of Pluto’s moons. The images also will play a critical role in navigating the spacecraft as it covers the remaining 135 million miles (220 million kilometers) to Pluto.
Timeline of the approach and departure phases of the New Horizons Pluto encounter
Timeline of the approach and departure phases — surrounding close approach on July 14, 2015 — of the New Horizons Pluto encounter.
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NASA/JHU APL/SwRI
 
“We’ve completed the longest journey any spacecraft has flown from Earth to reach its primary target, and we are ready to begin exploring,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
 
LORRI will take hundreds of pictures of Pluto over the next few months to refine current estimates of the distance between the spacecraft and the dwarf planet. Though the Pluto system will resemble little more than bright dots in the camera’s view until May, mission navigators will use the data to design course-correction maneuvers to aim the spacecraft toward its target point this summer. The first such maneuver could occur as early as March.
“We need to refine our knowledge of where Pluto will be when New Horizons flies past it,” said Mark Holdridge, New Horizons encounter mission manager at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. “The flyby timing also has to be exact, because the computer commands that will orient the spacecraft and point the science instruments are based on precisely knowing the time we pass Pluto – which these images will help us determine.”
The “optical navigation” campaign that begins this month marks the first time pictures from New Horizons will be used to help pinpoint Pluto’s location.
Throughout the first approach phase, which runs until spring, New Horizons will conduct a significant amount of additional science. Spacecraft instruments will gather continuous data on the interplanetary environment where the planetary system orbits, including measurements of the high-energy particles streaming from the sun and dust-particle concentrations in the inner reaches of the Kuiper Belt. In addition to Pluto, this area, the unexplored outer region of the solar system, potentially includes thousands of similar icy, rocky small planets.
More intensive studies of Pluto begin in the spring, when the cameras and spectrometers aboard New Horizons will be able to provide image resolutions higher than the most powerful telescopes on Earth. Eventually, the spacecraft will obtain images good enough to map Pluto and its moons more accurately than achieved by previous planetary reconnaissance missions.
APL manages the New Horizons mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), headquartered in San Antonio, is the principal investigator and leads the mission. SwRI leads the science team, payload operations, and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. APL designed, built and operates the spacecraft.
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Guillermo Gonzalo Sánchez Achutegui
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