01 March 2007

New Horizons crosses Jupiter's horizons

New Horizons ripped past Jupiter today, picking up 14,000 km/h as it did. Parking it would be a bit of a pain, but it’s doing OK on mileage (800,000,000 km on a few canisters of fuel) & speed (over 80,000 km/h).

New Horizons is headed to & past Pluto, hopefully to start answering some of the many questions raised by the Kuiper Belt. It includes a trip down Jupiter’s 160,000,000 km magnetotail, which will hopefully also answer some plasma questions, too.

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