The ashes of the discoverer of Pluto arrived on Pluto
Unlikely in 1930, when the world learned of the existence of Pluto, someone could believe that someday people will be able to find there their last resting place. However, this can happen very soon. NASA space ship with the remains of Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto, had almost reached the destination. The journey of the ship lasts for more than 9 years. Soon NASA promises to publish the first pictures from the distant dwarf planet, the study of which may help answer many questions about the origin of the entire Solar system.
kosmicheskiy the NASA New Horizons spacecraft has begun to explore Pluto. The aircraft approached the icy dwarf so much that this week the staff of the American space Agency promise to show him the first Pictures. The input apparatus into the atmosphere of the dwarf planet is scheduled for July 2015.
Note that the distance to Pluto is 30 times more than from the earth to the Sun, and the spacecraft New Horizons was launched back in early 2006. On his way the machine New Horizons flew past Jupiter and Saturn, in the literal sense, rebounding from their orbits, which gave the ship a significant acceleration. Up to this point most distant mission was considered an American Kosmicheskaya flight of Voyager, which in 1980 had reached Saturn.
“At the moment all information about Pluto, which we have at the moment could fit on the back of a postage stamp, said at a press conference, a NASA spokesman Dr. Colin Hartman. — After this mission we can not write a textbook”.
On Pluto the spacecraft New Horizons will explore the ground layers and the atmosphere, and will map the surface of the celestial body. Besides the scientific equipment aboard the craft is an urn with the remains of the discoverer of Pluto Clyde Tombaugh, the CDs with the names of project participants and a message to aliens, a few American coins, flags and postage stamps. Just on the far frontiers of the Solar system was sent to 9 different facilities.
Note that Pluto was considered a planet only until 2006, when scholars translated it in the category of dwarf planets. However, despite the downgrade in status, many researchers believe that Pluto may play an important role in studying the process of formation of the entire Solar system. Pluto is the largest celestial body in the Kuiper Belt. There could be preserved organic remains from the big Bang, in which more than 5 billion years ago the Solar system was formed.