Travelling to the unexplored
Why a Flyby?
The Flyby is supposed to be designed in such a way that it is efficient and powerful enough to travel such a long distance and apparently there is a lot of juice required for a rocket to lift off a ground and with a spacecraft like the new horizons which is the size of a piano,the rocket is not only lifting itself but also the fuel required to go all the way to Pluto.It will be impossible to even launch a rocket with so much of fuel and hence a Flyby.
Engineering behind the Flyby
Uncovering the secrets
This is an excerpt from the New Horizons Vlog
“New Horizons sends and receives data on radio waves, which are the waves on the long end of the electromagnetic spectrum. Because they’re on the electromagnetic spectrum, radio waves travel at the speed of light. It takes sunlight about 8.3 minutes to travel 1 astronomical unit or 1 AU, that is, the distance between the Sun and the Earth. Pluto is currently about 32 AU from Earth, so 32 times 8.3 is about 265 (minutes). So the one way light time delay for the mission team to talk to New Horizons is about 4 and a half hours each way.”
|The First ever image of Pluto.|
As nerdy and scientific it may seem it makes a huge sense and there are scientists working day and night to get as much data as possible from the spacecraft. More interesting stuff to come about Pluto in my next blog