New Horizons Spacecraft spotted the largest moon of Pluto Charon

Jul 13, 2013 12:53 IST

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons Spacecraft in first week of July 2013 spotted Charon – the largest moon of Pluto that orbits at a distance of more than 19000 kilometer from the planet. Charon was captured in a cosmic snapshot by the spacecraft from a distance of about 885 million Kilometers.

The New Horizon Aircraft of NASA spotted the ice-covered moon of the dwarf planet using its highest-resolution telescopic camera. The Pluto bound aircraft is orbiting Pluto for fast nine and a half year and Charon is among one of its greatest milestone, till date.

About Charon

Charon orbits the dwarf planet Pluto at a distance of 19000 kilometers and when seen from the new horizon, it seems to be about 0.01 degree way. Charon was discovered by James Christy of the Naval Observatory in 1978.

NASA’s Pluto Mission

In 2006, NASA dispatched an ambassador to the planetary frontier. The New Horizons spacecraft is now halfway between Earth and Pluto, on approach for a dramatic flight past the icy planet and its moons in July 2015. Hal Weaver, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel is the Project Scientist of the New Horizons Project.

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