NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft came out of hibernation on Saturday. The spacecraft is all set to begin its exploration trip of Pluto.
Hal Weaver, the project scientists stated that people used to think that Pluto is a small boy of the entire planetary family. However, now they realized that it is a doorway to enter into the region of the Kuiper belt. Therefore, the new journey of New Horizon will offer the first close up look of the region.
The New Horizon spacecraft started its mission on the 19th of January 2009. The spacecraft was lifted off from Cape Canaveral. The spacecraft was in hibernation mode since last 1,900 days. The team utilized this particular mode in order to avoid any kind of system failure.
Glen Fountain, the project manager of new horizon informed that it is not a big deal for scientists to send spacecraft to hibernation. They have performed this act several times in the past. However, every time it feels like a new thing since every awakening is the beginning of a new operation.
Johns Hopkins’s University’s Applied Physics Laboratory was the first one to receive the signal from the spacecraft. The mission control center got the signals after time duration of four and a half hours. Generally, probes take a lot more time to send signals to the control center.
The spacecraft completed the first phase of an amazing journey. It travelled around nine years in deep space to touch the end side of the solar system. This end of the solar system is nearly 3 billion miles away from the Earth.