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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

New Horizons Update: T-Minus 7 Days and Counting!

A drawing I made of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft exploring the dwarf planet Pluto and its five moons.

To mark the fact that the historic flyby of Pluto by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is only one week ago, here's a drawing I made of the distant voyager last week. There was a brief scare during the Fourth of July weekend when New Horizons went into safe mode after its main computer crashed and the probe switched over to its backup computer...but all is well now and the craft is collecting data once again. The final command sequence for next week's Pluto encounter has been transmitted to New Horizons, and the grand piano-sized bot is ready to rewrite science textbooks everywhere come July 14! Sooo stoked.

Work-in-progress photos of the drawing I made of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft exploring the dwarf planet Pluto and its five moons.

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