Viewing Pluto and Charon


We at Space Training Adventure Inc. have had an incredible time watching the pictures of Pluto (larger) and Charon (smaller) as New Horizons flew past at 30,800 mph or 50,000 kph, New Horizons flew past Pluto at a distance of 7,750 miles (12,472 km) – closer than any spacecraft has ever come, the US space agency said today. The spacecraft is carrying part of the ashes of American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930. Earth is 3.6 billion miles (5.8 billion km) away from the dwarf planet. When “New Horizons” spacecraft, transmits pictures and data, it takes 4.5 hours to travel from Pluto to Earth. It is expected to take photos of Pluto and its five moons – Charon, Hydra, Nix, Styx and Kerberos. But it will take 16 months to receive all the data that New Horizons has to send back to Earth.