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| Human World | Space on Jul 28, 2014

Pluto-bound New Horizons update

New Horizons – en route to Pluto – is currently out of hibernation for a series of engineering and navigation checks, which will continue until the end of August 2014.

The Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has been bought out of hibernation for a series of engineering and navigation checks.

A minor course correction burn was completed on: Monday, July 14, 2014.

They will continue until the end of August when New Horizons will go back into hibernation until mid-January 2015. Afterwards, the spacecraft will be kept active right up until after the historic Pluto system encounter on: Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

Pluto and Charon as captured by the New Horizons' spacecraft LORRI camera on July 21, 2014.

The two tiny dots at the center of this image are Pluto and Charon as captured by the New Horizons spacecraft LORRI camera on July 21, 2014.

An enlarged crop of the July 21, 2014 image of Pluto and Charon, from New Horizons.

An enlarged crop of the July 21, 2014 image of Pluto and Charon, from New Horizons. The image is a little ‘noisy’ due to a long exposure.

The image above is from Monday, July 21, 2014.

Pluto and Charon seen dead center in this one-quarter-resolution frame from New Horizons’ LORRI (LOng Range Reconnaissance Imager) Camera.

Charon is at the four o’clock position with respect to Pluto.

Pluto and Charon were 426.51 million kilometers / 264.86 million miles away at the time from New Horizons and appeared in front of the stars in southern Ophiuchus.

Bottom line: New Horizons – en route to Pluto – is currently out of hibernation for a series of engineering and navigation checks, which will continue until the end of August 2014. The spacecraft will sweep closest to Pluto on July 14, 2015.