Sunday, May 06, 2007

NASA's New Horizons Flies By Jupiter, Only Planet On Itinerary.

The Pluto-bound New Horizons probe did its only flyby of a planet in February when it passed by Jupiter. The probe's instruments gathered data on Jupiter's Little Red Spot, the Jovian Rings, and some mysterious troughs on Europa.

The probe did twice as many observations of Jupiter than are planned for the flyby of Pluto in 2015. (Here.) That may be appropriate. After all, Jupiter is the only planet in the Solar System that New Horizons will fly by. Thanks to the collective wisdum (excuse me, "wisdom") of Earth's astronomers Pluto has been demoted from planet.

For more on NASA's New Horizons mission to fly by the non-planet Pluto and its moon Charon visit the official website here.

-tdr

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