NASA’s New Horizons Pluto flyby is beginning of new a chapter: Latest update
This is something that not many had thought would be realized and realized so soon. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has bypassed Pluto. It flew past the dwarf planet by just a whisker.
NASA has said that the New Horizons probe went as close to the second biggest dwarf planet in our solar system as just 12,500km. The news seems to have created a sort of sensation among the space fraternity across the globe.
This is the first time that a spaceship has gone so close to a dwarf planet that was known as complete planet till the year 1992. With the New Horizons going so close to the icy world of Pluto, it is going to enrich our knowledge about this part of the world by several notches.
The spaceship had taken close up pictures of the dwarf planet and the image was going viral for the last couple of days on internet and social media platforms. There is no denying the fact that the interest was building up for the last several months and the culmination has happened now.
The dwarf planet was not known to the world merely a century ago. It was found in the year 1930 and was originally considered the ninth planet from the Sun. After 1992, its status as a planet fell into question following the discovery of the Kuiper belt, a ring of objects beyond Neptune that includes Pluto among other large bodies.
There is no denying the fact that NASAâ€™s New Horizons’ flyby of 2,370km-wide Pluto is a key moment in the history of space exploration. Its successful execution will complete the initial reconnaissance of the “classical” nine planets in our Solar System. It will mark the fact that every body in that system – from Mercury through to Pluto – will have been visited at least once by a space probe.
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