New Horizons on NASA TV July 9, 2015Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, Science.
Tags: New Horizons, Pluto, space exploration, space missions
If you’re a space exploration enthusiast, things are very exciting right now. We are getting our first real look at Pluto and those distant, peculiar worlds.
If you’d like to follow the coverage live on NASA TV, here’s the latest plan (excepted from an email from the media relations office)
Tuesday, July 14
7:30 to 8 a.m. – Arrival at Pluto Countdown Program; live on NASA TV
At approximately 7:49 a.m., New Horizons is scheduled to be as close as the spacecraft will get to Pluto, approximately 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) above the surface, after a journey of more than nine years and three billion miles. For much of the day, New Horizons will be out of communication with mission control as it gathers data about Pluto and its moons.
The moment of closest approach will be marked during the live NASA TV broadcast that includes a countdown and discussion of what’s expected next as New Horizons makes its way past Pluto and potentially dangerous debris.
8 to 9 a.m. – Media briefing, image release; live on NASA TV
NASA TV will share the suspenseful moments of this historic event with the public and museums around the world. The New Horizons spacecraft will send a preprogrammed signal after the closest approach. The mission team on Earth should receive the signal by about 9:02 p.m. When New Horizons “phones home,” there will be a celebration of its successful flyby and the anticipation of data to come in the days and months ahead.
9:30 to 10 p.m. – Media Briefing: New Horizons Health and Mission Status; live on NASA TV
Release of close-up images of Pluto’s surface and moons, along with initial science team reactions.
Other ways to follow and engage:
The public can follow the path of the spacecraft in coming days in real time with a visualization of the actual trajectory data, using NASA’s online Eyes on Pluto.
For more information on the New Horizons mission, including fact sheets, schedules, video and images, visit: