New Horizon launch on 19 January 2006. After nine years the spacecraft is nearing its primary goal – Pluto.
The spacecraft is speeding along at 14.61 km/sec (relative to the sun) that’s 9 miles per second or 32,682 miles per hour. That is something like 16 times faster than a rifle bullet and as fast as that is, the spacecraft will not get to the closest point to Pluto until 18 July 2015!
We are at the first stages of the encounter and in just days we will get some of our first looks at Plutoian system. The view will be improving slowly and by May the images will be better than the Hubble can provide.