Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
Blogs

Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla

New Horizons passes farther from the Sun than Mars today!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

06-04-2006 14:02 CDT

Topics: New Horizons, mission status

I received several emails with corrections and additions to the future space events list I posted yesterday (follow the link on the navigation bar to the left); thanks for those! Corrections especially are always welcome -- I hate to be a source for bad information.

One of the emails was from New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, who clarified the dates on their Jupiter and Pluto encounters and mentioned that today is the day that New Horizons passes Mars' orbit (not that Mars is anywhere close to New Horizons right now). That's pretty quick work -- much faster than the time it took Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to get there! Of course you have to be going much more slowly if you want to stop, as Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter did -- New Horizons can't be stopped, ever. So I tossed this date into my list, and also added in there the future dates on which New Horizons will pass the orbits of all the other outer planets.

 
See other posts from April 2006

 

Or read more blog entries about: New Horizons, mission status

Comments:

Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

Planetary Defense

An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.

Donate

Featured Images

LightSail 2 and Prox-1
Bill Nye at LightSail 2 pre-ship review
LightSail 2 pre-ship review team photo
Swirling maelstrom
More Images

Featured Video

Class 9: Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

Watch Now

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!