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For an object that may or may not be a planet, Pluto sure to get a lot of attention these days.
Just a few days after that, the NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine said that Pluto should be given back, the planet-state, the U.S. space agency, announced that it has funded a study to see if any of the other orbiter’s mission to the dwarf planet, it is possible.
NASA has provided funding to the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), in order to find out the cost of the project, the feasibility, as well as “the development of the vehicle and the load requirements for the design and construction of pre-cost-and-risk-assessment for emerging technologies,” according to a statement.
FILE – in This image made available by NASA in March of 2017, shows Pluto, lit from behind by the sun as the New Horizons spacecraft will travel away from it, at a distance of about 120,000 miles (200,000 km). (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute, via AP)
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“We are very pleased that We have this opportunity to come to the knowledge of the decadal survey is in agreement with our study,” said SwRI’s, ” Carly Howett, who is leading the project, in a statement. “It’s our mission to concept, is to send a spacecraft out to the orbit of Pluto, and for two mortal years before it break out and go for a visit to at least one KBO [Kuiper Belt Object], and one of the other KBO or dwarf planet.”
NASA first flew beyond Pluto, in July 2015 New Horizons mission, which is being managed by SwRI. In that same year, the space agency has released a series of images of Pluto, including the first close-up image of an area in the vicinity of the dwarf planet’s equator, and it contains a series of mountains as high as 11,000 feet on top of Pluto’s frozen surface.
A picture of Tenzing with Views of peaks of Pluto taken with the New Horizons of information and is to be released on July 10, 2018. The mountains range about 1.8 km) and 3.7 miles (3 to 6 km) above the dwarf planet’s surface.
Paul Schenk/Lunar and Planetary Institute)
In January 2019, the New Horizons, which was launched in January of 2006, and flew past fellow Kuiper Belt object, and the Ultima Thule. In May, NASA revealed a startling discovery that is both water-and organic molecules on the surface.
Alan Stern, SwRI’s principal investigator, has revealed the organisation is working on the plan for a certain period of time.
“In an SwRI-funded research, which took place at the new NASA-funded study, we have developed a Pluto system orbital tour of the mission with a planned capacity launch vehicles and existing electric power systems,” Stern added in a statement.
To be a follow-on to NASA’s New Horizons mission, which revealed that Pluto’s center, SwRI, and is the study of the new Pluto orbiter mission for NASA. SwRI has demonstrated that it is possible to get into orbit around Pluto, and escape course to the tour-additional dwarf planets, and Kuiper Belt Objects. (Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)
“We showed that it is possible to make use of gravity assists to Pluto s biggest moon, Charon, in order to escape from Pluto’s orbit, and then go back into the Kuiper Belt to explore more of KBOs, such as MU69, and at least one more dwarf planet in comparison to Pluto.”
Pluto lost its planetary status in 2006 when it was controversially demoted to a “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union.
Last month, Bridenstine, in an extensive speech to the International Astronautical Congress, he said, “I’m here to tell you, as the NASA Administrator, I believe that Pluto should be a planet.”
Bridenstine, later responded to a question about Pluto’s attitudes by their use of the buried sea, the, five moons, and a multi-layer atmosphere. “I love that there are nine planets; what is it?” he added.
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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.