#NewHorizons probe pings back first pics of Pluto – an annotated infographic

After nine years and a journey of 5 billion kilometres, NASA’s New Horizons probe is to become the first spacecraft to visit the icy dwarf planet Pluto.

The piano-sized craft will also study the Kuiper Belt, the mysterious zone believed to contain materials formed at the birth of the solar system.

E&T news has previously reported on New Horizons’ computer glitches and Nasa’s tweaks to guide the craft on its Pluto approach.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

New Horizons approaches Pluto

New Horizons approaches Pluto

 

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