Washington: The US space agency, NASA, will on Friday release new images of the dwarf planet Pluto taken by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) during Tuesday's historic flyby.
The American space agency is holding a media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT today, July 17, to reveal new images of the icy world and to discuss new science findings from July 14 New Horizons' Pluto flyby.
The briefing will be held in James E Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, located at 300 E St. SW in Washington.
Participants in the briefing will be:
- Jim Green, director of Planetary Science at NASA Headquarters in Washington
- Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado
- Randy Gladstone, New Horizons co-investigator at SwRI in San Antonio
- Jeffrey Moore, New Horizons co-investigator at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California
- Fran Bagenal, New Horizons co-investigator, University of Colorado, Boulder
NASA Television and the agency's website will carry the briefing live.
After traveling more than 3 billion miles over the past nine and a half years, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, July 14, about 7,750 miles above the surface- making it the first-ever space mission to explore the icy planet.
New Horizons, now journeying out into the Kuiper Belt and more than a million miles past Pluto, will take 16 months to transmit its cache data back to Earth.