“Eyes on Pluto” gives you heads-up of historic event in the making
NASA has confirmed that its New Horizons spacecraft is going to be the closest to Pluto in its 9 years of epic journey which traversed 3 billion miles. The spacecraft is going to go past the dwarf planet with just 12,500 km away from the surface in a historic event. To be precise, it will cruise past the planet with speed of over 30,000 miles per hour at 11:49 AM on July 14, 2015.
This means, the spacecraft will be able to take detailed images of the surface ever more closely and reveal more details about the planet’s terrain. The good news is that you can see the spacecraft’s simulated approach on your Mac or PC, as NASA’s app “Eyes on the Solar System” gives you this liberty.
The application uses data from New Horizons flight record and you can track it right away with the Eyes on Pluto app. Clearly this is the next best thing to watching a live feed of the event.
According to New Horizons programme scientist Curt Niebur:
We’re close enough now that we’re just starting to see Pluto’s geology.