NASA Receives Latest Data on Pluto

Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 11:59

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent the final bits of data from its flyby of Pluto.

NASA announced that the probe has finally sent back the last bit of data, a Pluto and Charon infra-red sequence. NASA will double-check the data it has received before wiping New Horizons' data recorder and sending it for its next mission in the Kuiper Belt.

"The Pluto system data that New Horizons collected has amazed us over and over again with the beauty and complexity of Pluto and its system of moons," Alan Stern, New Horizons' mission head said in a statement.

According to the press release on the NASA website, the New Horizons had only one chance at the flyby,and designed to gather as much data as it could, as quickly as it could – taking about 100 times more data on close approach to Pluto and its moons than it could have sent home before flying onward. The spacecraft was programmed to send specific, high-priority datasets home in the days just before and after close approach, and began returning the vast amount of remaining stored data in September 2015. The data has taken more than a year to get back to earth.


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