Monday, December 05, 2005

New Horizons in Space Review and Orbiter

New Horizons at Pluto - Orbiter
As usual, Monday brings a new batch of excellent articles at The Space Review. One of them is a report by Alan Stern on the New Horizons mission that NASA will launch next month to explore Pluto, its moon Charon, and the Kuiper Belt, a mission which will complete the initial exploration of the solar system. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist and the Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission, and he provides an excellent overview of the mission and its goals, and some thoughts on its historical significance.

As is often the case, Orbiter add-on developers are ahead of the curve on historic missions, and New Horizons is no exception. Hans Castorp has released a very nice model of the New Horizons spacecraft, including scenarios for several phases of the mission. To use this add-on, you will need parts of several others (defined in the readme file), in particular the Pluto-Charon 2.0 add-on by Sean Evans. Orbiter's solar system does not include Pluto by default (be sure to read the readme file for this and to edit sol.cfg in the /Config folder to add Pluto and Charon - just installing the files won't do it). More pictures on Flickr.

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