The NASA probe New Horizons close to Pluto and will be able to enter the planet’s atmosphere in July of this year
Span New horizons near Pluto in the artist’s impression of NASA.
The ship, which was launched back in 2006 has come nearer to the outer body at a distance that allows you to make high-quality pictures of its surface.
NASA may have to adjust its trajectory in case of detection of unknown cosmic bodies, reports Russia Today .
Apart from the modern equipment on Board the spacecraft is an urn with the remains of the discoverer of Pluto Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997), CDs with a message to aliens, U.S. coins, flags and postage stamps. On Board the SPACECRAFT is the CD 434 738 names of people who participated in the campaign NASA “Send your name to Pluto” (Send Your Name to Pluto).
Task apparatus is the study of the atmosphere and the ground layers of Pluto, moreover, New Horizons will create a map of the surface of the farthest planet in our System. Continue reading
Only three years left until that happy moment when the first space tourist from Earth will be in lunar orbit. To launch travelers into space will be from Baikonur.
The British company “Excalibur Almaz” announced at the meeting in London of the European conference on space tourism, a detailed plan of the tour to the moon. In 2015 the first space tourists “Excalibur” will be transported to the launch vehicle “Soyuz-FG” from Baikonur first on earth space station and then a lunar orbit. There are travelers from a distance of 1000 kilometers will be able to look at the dark side of earth’s satellite. All the journey will take eight months.
But flight preparation begins long before the start. The tourists intending to explore the moon at close range, will not only have to pay for a ticket $ 150 million, but also undergo special training. I will not fly professional astronauts to control the spacecraft have their own.
Interestingly, to launch tourists to the moon “Excalibur Almaz” will be the good old Soviet engineering. The company bought in Russia four used capsules and two space stations “Almaz”. Each capsule is placed three tourist, and to use it 15 time. So “Excalibur Almaz” will be able to send to the moon 180 space tourists, and then, suddenly, a new ship will come up, or will buy in Russia more of the older capsules. Continue reading
One hundred years ago the world was captivated by the idea of the existence of a ninth planet in the composition of the solar system. But today, in the year 75-year-old.
…Pluto, astronomers around the world have for that “little” romantic feelings…
The existence of a ninth planet in 1905, predicted the American Percival Lowell, famous for his search for a civilization on Mars. According to the calculations of Lowell, beyond the orbit of Neptune is another large celestial body, having a direct connection with the solar system.
Lowell noticed deviations in the motions of Uranus and Neptune from calculated orbits and decided that this is due to the influence of more distant planets. The object of his hypothesis, Lowell called planet X, but its “real” opening it, alas, did not survive. Continue reading