NASA's New Horizons core is exploring more remote parts of the world, before the 2014 MU69 past New Year's Day.
The craftsman has made progress in the last two weeks in the near future. NASA scientists have conducted some checks and trips to navigate the New Horizons via the most mysterious object to gather as much information as possible.– Without leaving any residual earthquake in the outer exit of the solar system.
"This last day has probably been for us," Alice Bowman, a New Horizons mission operator operating in the APL, said the sister company CNET CBS News. "We have been much closer to these optical navigation surveys, which is why the group is going through the whole night".
He also said that the spacecraft's goal is to pass 19 kilometers of its objectives. It's 2,200 kilometers from the object.
On November 15, 12 researchers from the New Horizons risk-group team confirmed that approaching was safe through the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager telescopic (LORRI). They have be it NASA chose a secondary flight path under the direction of the New Horizons course, and moving the object further away.
"The group had a consensual agreement that the spacecraft should be in its immediate vicinity, and the leadership of the mission accepted our recommendation," said Mark Showalter, leader of the risk group.
As noted, New Horizons will make a 3,500-kilometer distance of the Ultima Thule boat (2,200 miles). From this point of view, remember? The New Horizons camera broke 12,500 kilometers (about 7,800 miles) above the planet's surface area.
In this way, New Horizons will approach three times Ultima Thule rather than Pluto, and NASA researchers will find out about the world's most valuable images and scientific data.
On 26th Dec, New Horizons enter Encounter Mode, a type of "safe mode" that will ensure the mission's science goals, even if the spacecraft malfunctions. In normal situations, the New Horizons phone has a malfunction to ask for help, but when it's done 12 hours, it's dangerous to approach the nuclear.
Practically, by entering the encounter mode, the core is on its own. With thousands of instructions loaded on computers, his delicate dance has begun, a million miles passed by Pluto.
Two days before New Horizons left our devices, it still imitated the highest "world" remote resolution: Dark Ultra Thickness shows below 10 million kilometers (6.3 million) away. .
For a week, this small pixel light will become a popular world. We'll see what it looks like, how it is done, how cold it is, one of its masses and one of its local dangers.
New Horizons will literally talk about the ring of the New Year, never going to fly past the world of distance, the closest approach will take place at 12:33 a.m., January 1. Although in the United States today it is in the middle of the Federal Continuing Government, you will be able to capture the flyby reactions and live simulations of the New Horizons mission website. Flying data and images are expected in the New Years Day later, starting at 11:30.
In this way, New Horizons will also put a track on the right-handed 2019 steering wheel, so we recommend you to point out the Interstellar soundtrack called New Year's Eve.
First published on December 26, 4:23 p.m. PT
Update, December 27, 6:35 PM. PT: New Horizons has joined Encounter Mode and is a historical track record.
Update, December 31, 8:55 a.m. PT: Adds comments from the APL mission manager manager.
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