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New Horizons: Passport to Pluto and Beyond

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New Horizons documentary. New Horizons is the culmination of more than ten years worth of work by the National Aeronautics and Space administration. This documentary follows the people behind the project to gain greater knowledge about how this tremendous feat of engineering and science was achieved because to get to the binary system of the dwarf planet and its moon charon you need to travel a minimum of 2.66 billion miles. New Horizons’ main goal was to answer questions about pluto, its moons and Kupiter belt objects, New Horizons was launched on January 19th 2006 @ 2:00.00 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral, Florida abord the beastly Lockheed Martin Atlas V and just over 9 years later it made its closest approach to Pluto on July 14th 2015.

 

The key finds of the mission was the mountainous geology on the surface of pluto, the mountains themselves were a surprise to scientists who expected very little geology. Flowing ices were also observed on the surface which are more than likely to be made from liquid methane as the average temperature on the planet is not too far away from absolute zero.

 

New Horizons has now long passed Pluto and is now on its way the Kuiper Belt. This distant part of the solar system may hold many new secrets which the mission is hoping to discover. The area is believed to contain many small ice bodies, comets and asteroids but we will only know the facts when New Horizons reports back.

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