via Slate, Video created by Erik Wernquist
New Horizons opens New Horizons
Just a few weeks from now we will be able to see the first pictures ever of Pluto. The NASA spacecraft New Horizons is on its way and will have its closest approach to Pluto in about 22 days. The exact date you will find on this mission website. New Horizons started it’s journey 19 January 2006. The remaining distance to Pluto is about 26,370,103 km.
There are two things I like about this mission. One is that it shows that there is still space incogniata (as the magazine Slate put it) to discover. But what I also like about this mission is the name of the spacecraft: New Horizons. Why? Well, the name reminds me of our grinding software Multigrind® Horizon which we introduced about two years ago. And in all modesty: the idea behind the development of our new grinding software was to open new horizons for our customers.
Will there be any wonders when you use Multigrind® Horizon for the first time? I wouldn’t speak of wonders but I can assure you that our grinding software is mighty strong, really flexible and very easy to use. Send me an e-mail if you want to know more about that grinding software.
And if you want to know more about Pluto, mark July 14 2015 in your calendar. New Horizons will pass approximately 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) above Pluto’s surface, reaching its closest approach at 7:49 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 14. (NASA). I look forward to July 14. What about you?