New data about Pluto was revealed based on the help of NASA’s New Horizons spaceship. During its mission from 2015, the spacecraft was able to collect about 50 gigabits of information about Pluto. The spacecraft took over a year to send all the information down to Earth. The US space agency has declared that the last information they have received from the New Horizons spaceship was in 2015, on July 14.
All the data has reached the space agency with a speed of two thousand bits per second. This would represent a fraction of a standard Internet connection’s speed. The link between NASA and the spaceship was interrupted because of the maneuvers conducted by the craft. Another cause was represented by the antennas on the ground which were pointed towards different space missions.
Astronomers have received information at Laurel, Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. This was a five-hour data transfer which traveled the distance of 3.4 billion miles between the spaceship and Earth. Alan Stern, who is the principal investigator, has argued that he and his team need to undergo a lot of work to decipher and understand the scientific analysis sent by the spacecraft.
They will start working on processing the new information that they have received about Pluto. The new mission for which the New Horizons craft will set off will concern an unidentified object. The spaceship is bound to examine and send captures about a rock which is situated at approximately 13 to 25 miles across space. This space rock is thought to be a relic from our ancient solar system.
NASA’s astronomers have estimated that the spaceship will reach this space rock in January 2019. The captures sent over by the LEISA camera of the New Horizons ship were bound to reveal information about Pluto which has never been introduced before. The digital records were saved by the US space agency to increase the time span of observing.
The spacecraft was designed to gather as many data as possible and as quick as possible. The rover managed to collect a hundred times more data about Pluto during its closest approach than any other spaceship was ever able to do this. Information concerning Pluto’s moons and their structure were comprised and sent to Earth. Alice Bowman, who is the Mission Operations Manager has stated that they obtained valuable data.
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