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.
|Target Type||Dwarf Planet||Earth, Satellite|
|Instrument Host||New Horizons|
|Host Type||Flyby Spacecraft|
|Extra Keywords||Artwork, Atmosphere, Color, Infrared, Map, Radio, Ultraviolet|
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|Image Credit||NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute|