New images released taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft indicate two of Pluto’s most distinctive mountains could be cryovolcanoes.
NASA released a new animation of a flyover of Pluto on Saturday (September 19) that was created from a mosaic of hundreds of pictures taken by the New Horizons spacecraft as it observed Pluto in mid-July.
Stuart Robbins, a research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said on NASA’s website he made the animation using images of Pluto sent by New Horizons because he likes to figure out “how to make visualizations that convey some of the sheer beauty and power of the features New Horizons is revealing.”
(NASA TV) – Robbins says he primarily uses the New Horizon images to map craters on the surface of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, to get a better understand of the number of impacts the orbital spheres receive from the Kuiper belt.
NASA will air a live webcast about the historic event starting Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1130 GMT); watch it live here, courtesy of NASA TV.
Here is a look at NASA’s New Horizons coverage schedule for the Pluto Flyby:
8:30 to 9:15 p.m. – NASA TV program, Phone Home, broadcast from APL Mission Control
NASA TV will share the suspenseful moments of this historic event with the public and museums around the world. The New Horizons spacecraft will send a preprogrammed signal after the closest approach. The mission team on Earth should receive the signal by about 9:02 p.m. When New Horizons “phones home,” there will be a celebration of its successful flyby and the anticipation of data to come in the days and months ahead.
9:30 to 10 p.m. – Media Briefing: New Horizons Health and Mission Status; live on NASA TV
(NASA TV) NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is closing fast on an unexpectedly spotted Pluto, the most distant planetary body ever explored.
NASA officials say they see black and white images of Pluto’s geological patterns sent back to earth by New Horizons’ mission as it is set to be the first probe to visit the distant world.
NASA officials say New Horizons’ historic flyby of Pluto is on track, set to make the spacecraft the first probe to visit the distant world.