|archmage||Date: Friday, 12-July-2013, 9:21 PM | Message # 1|
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|Charon Revealed! |
New Horizons Camera Spots Pluto’s Largest Moon
July 10, 2013
NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft, using its highest-resolution telescopic camera, has spotted Pluto’s Texas-sized, ice-covered moon Charon for the first time. This represents a major milestone on the spacecraft’s 9½-year journey to conduct the initial reconnaissance of the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt and, in a sense, begins the mission’s long-range study of the Pluto system.
The largest of Pluto’s five known moons, Charon orbits about 12,000 miles (more than 19,000 kilometers) away from Pluto itself. As seen from New Horizons, that’s only about 0.01 degrees away.
Images/Read more/Full article/source - http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/news_center/news/20130710.php