Fully recovered from a computer hiccup that disrupted science observations this weekend, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will resume imaging of Pluto on Tuesday, a week before the plutonium-powered probe zooms less than 7,800 miles from the unexplored dwarf planet at the frontier of the solar system.
Russia’s Progress M-28M supply ship blasted off from the steppes of Kazakhstan on Friday, launching on a two-day trip to the International Space Station with critical supplies, fuel and fresh food displayed by station astronaut Scott Kelly. Packed with nearly 3 tons of cargo, including fresh water and oxygen, the resupply mission lifted off at 0455 GMT (12:55 a.m. EDT; 10:55 a.m. local time) Friday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The cargo capsule reached the space station at 0711 GMT (3:11 a.m. EDT) Sunday after a two-day pursuit. Email the author. Follow Stephen Clark on Twitter: @StephenClark1.
After an exhaustive search for heretofore unseen rings, small moons or other space debris, senior managers have concluded that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, hurtling toward a July 14 flyby of Pluto at more than 30,000 mph, can safely stay on its current course without undue fears of a mission-ending impact.