PIA10075: New Horizons at Pluto (Artist's Concept)

New Horizons at Pluto (Artist’s Concept)


Artist's concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, in July 2015. The craft's miniature cameras, radio science experiment, ultraviolet and infrared spectrometers and space plasma experiments will characterize the global geology and geomorphology of Pluto and Charon, map their surface compositions and temperatures, and examine Pluto's atmosphere in detail. The spacecraft's most prominent design feature is a nearly 7-foot (2.1-meter) dish antenna, through which it will communicate with Earth from as far as 4.7 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) away.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Pluto Charon, Earth
System Pluto Earth
Target Type Dwarf Planet Earth, Satellite
Mission New Horizons
Instrument Host New Horizons
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Extra Keywords Artwork, Atmosphere, Color, Infrared, Map, Radio, Ultraviolet
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2007-07-02
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA10075
Identifier PIA10075