Pluto flyby

1

3

2

Time taken for journey:

9 years

 

Speed of probe:

34,000mph

Distance

travelled by New Horizons

probe:

3bn miless

Dish

antenna

3 | Jun 2008

Crosses orbit

of Saturn

 

2 | Feb 2007

Slingshot effect of

Jupiter adds 9,000mph

to its speed

1 | Jan 2006

Launch

 

 

 

 

Distances not to scale

Jupiter

Sun

Jul 14, 2015

Closest approach to Pluto -

7,800 miles at 12.49pm BST

Pluto

New Horizons probe

Ultraviolet

imaging

spectrometer

Long range

telescopic

camera

3 | Jun 2008

Crosses orbit

of Saturn

2 | Feb 2007

Slingshot effect

of Jupiter adds 9,000mph

to its speed

3

2

1

Dish

antenna

Time taken for

journey:

9 years

Speed of probe:

34,000mph

Distance

travelled by New Horizons

probe:

3bn miles

 

1 | Jan 2006

Launch

 

Distances not to scale

Jupiter

Sun

Jul 14, 2015

Closest approach to Pluto -

7,800 miles at 12.49pm BST

Pluto

New Horizons probe

Ultraviolet

imaging

spectrometer

Long range

telescopic

camera

3

2

1

Dish

antenna

Time taken for

journey:

9 years

Speed of probe:

34,000mph

Distance travelled

by New Horizons

probe:

3bn miles

 

3 | Jun 2008

Crosses orbit

of Saturn

2 | Feb 2007

Slingshot effect

of Jupiter adds 9,000mph

to its speed

1 | Jan 2006

Launch

 

Distances not to scale

Jupiter

Sun

Jul 14, 2015

Closest approach to Pluto -

7,800 miles at 12.49pm BST

Pluto

New Horizons probe

Thermoelectric

generator

Ultraviolet

imaging

spectrometer

analyzes atmosphere

Long range

telescopic

camera

Pluto’s orbit is

inclined 17.1 degrees

to orbit of Earth

Jul 14, 2015

Closest approach

to Pluto - 7,800 miles

at 12.49pm BST

Time taken for

journey:

9 years

Speed of probe:

34,000mph

Distance travelled

by New Horizons

probe:

3bn miles

 

5 | Aug 2014

Crosses orbit

of Neptune

4 | Mar 2011

Crosses orbit

of Uranus

3 | Jun 2008

Crosses orbit

of Saturn

2 | Feb 2007

Slingshot effect

of Jupiter adds 9,000mph

to its speed

1 | Jan 2006

Launch

Distances not to scale

Jupiter

Sun

Pluto

5

4

3

2

1

New Horizons probe

Dish antenna

signals take 4 hours

to reach probe

Thermoelectric

generator

Ultraviolet

imaging

spectrometer

analyzes atmosphere

Long range

telescopic

camera