New Horizons launched in 2006 and it is finally closing in on some of the farthest reaches of the solar system. It came out of hibernation last week on December 6, 2014, and is now in active mode. It will make its closet pass by Pluto next summer. Check out this story on 9news.com: http://www.9news.com/story/life/2014/12/15/new-horizons-spacecraft-to-give-clearest-look-at-pluto/20432895/ Here is a link to the mission page as NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/ And the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Horizons
Tonight, 2 March 2010, is the premier of “The Pluto Files” on the PBS science series “Nova.” Pluto was discovered on February 18, 1930 by Clyde W. Tombaugh, the first planet discovery by an American. In 2006, its status was changed to dwarf planet amid much controversy. This episode of Nova explores the history of Pluto and the decision and reactions to its change in status. If you miss tonight’s broadcast, the episode will be available on-line starting tomorrow, 3 March 2010.
Watch Tuesday March 2, 2010, 8PM. Check your local listings. The Pluto Files Program: NOVA Episode: The Pluto Files Preview Take a cross-country journey with Neil deGrasse Tyson to explore the rise and fall of America’s favorite planet. Duration: (3:14) Premiere Date: 03/02/2010 Episode Expires: None TV Rating: NR more content updated on 16 feb 2010