Home > News and Events > Passin' By Pluto

News and Events

Passin' By Pluto
By AlphaNews
7/14/2015 1:55:00 PM
In January 2006 NASA and the folks at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physical Laboratory (APL) launched the New Horizons spacecraft in hopes that it would achieve the first exploration of the Pluto system. Today they saw their dream become a reality as the spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto flying by at just 7,750 miles above its surface. New Horizons traveled more than three billion miles at 30,000 mph to get to the dwarf planet and the Kuiper Belt. The ship has already sent back images of Pluto and once it starts communicating with the APL mission control it will take the next 16 months to send back the almost 10 years worth of data it has collected. Learn more about the program and why scientists chose to explore the solar system around Pluto in this NASA video. Then show your NASA pride with one of our NASA flight jackets or flight suits. Use code Pluto to save 15% off your order and receive free domestic ground shipping now through July 22.

Tags: NASA, New Horizons, Pluto, Kuiper Belt, NASA jackets
Categories: News
Bookmark and Share
No Comments have been submitted.

Military History (47)
Style (37)
Holidays (30)
Pop Culture (20)
Alpha Mission (9)
Philanthrophy (14)
Events (58)
News (58)

Alpha on Twitter

Alpha on Instagram

Back to Top