NASA’s New Horizon robotic probe woke up from hibernation on Saturday. The probe is all set to start its unique encounter with the Pluto.
The space probe finished a long journey of nine years and went in hibernation mode. The probe has covered approximately 3 billion miles in the space. Later on, scientists turned it in a hibernation mode to preserve its energy for the next mission.
The team of John Hopkins Applied Physics laboratory was the first one to receive message from the spacecraft. Shortly after the message scientists started re-planning and managing the Pluto mission.
Pluto is situated at Kuiper belt which incorporates numerous icy bodies. The belt starts far from the orbit of the Neptune. It is pretty different from the moon of Mars. It is composed of thick layers of nitrogen ice. However, a few researchers claim that these layers are soft. The surface of Pluto is unable to form craters like the rest of the planet.
Alan Stern, the principal investigator of Southwest Research Institute informed that there is a possibility that Pluto contains an underground ocean.
On the other hand, if everything goes according to the plan then New Horizon will start investigating the Pluto till the middle of the January 2015. Apart from investigation, the main aim of the spacecraft is to capture images of the Pluto. The scientists have added an advance infrared and ultraviolent spectrometer, a high resolution camera, a compact multi color and a space dust detector for this purpose.