As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft speeds towards Pluto, celebrate this historic flyby at this special event featuring a live viewing of accurate-to-the-second scientific visualizations and running commentary from New Horizons mission control scientists.
Hosted by Museum Curator Denton Ebel, Astrovisualization Director Carter Emmart, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, the program will link to New Horizons mission control at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and to science museums and planetariums around the world to view and discuss the latest flyby visualizations.
Launched on January 19, 2006, to explore the edges of our solar system, New Horizons passed the moon in just nine hours—a sprint compared to the three days of flight undertaken by the Apollo 11 astronauts. The spacecraft is on course for Pluto and now traveling 8 miles per second. Detailed visualizations, produced by the Museum in collaboration with Sweden’s Linkoping University and NASA, will show what observations are being conducted leading up to the spacecraft's closest approach at 7:50 AM (EDT) on July 14 and onward as New Horizons plunges into Pluto’s shadow to gather data about its mysterious, thin atmosphere.