NASA's New Horizons and Spacecraft Speed Records

Science & Tech, Jan 2016
by Postmaters blogger 15 Feb , 2016

What is so special about the mission?

There are so many things which make mission is incredible.

1) The speed of  spacecraft: The travelling speed of spacecraft is around 36377 miles per hour (58536 Kilometers per hour).It only took 8 hours to pass the  moon while apollo lunar mission took 3 days to reach the moon.  It is the fastest speed in relative to earth ever reached by the moving object manufactured by humans (16 km/sec).

2) New Horizons  is one of three NASA's New Frontiers mission category. It is the first mission to pluto. The distance between pluto and earth is 7.5 billion kilometers. It took 9 years and 5 months to reach the pluto.

3) Spacecraft is powered by nuclear energy: It uses radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG).The
The electrical energy is obtained from the radioactive decay of Plutonium dioxide.The heat released by the decay is converted into electrical energy by an array of thermocouples.

Speed records of Spacecraft relative to the earth

Speed records of Spacecraft relative to the Sun

Another breathtaking information about speed records are NASA's Helios 1, Helios 2 and Voyager 1 reached the speed of  157078, 142000,38610
miles per hour during the mission.Helios 1 and Helios 2 are launched in 1974 and 1976 respectively. The mission of Helios spacecraft is to conduct the study on solar processes. Helios 2 is considered as the fastest human-made object ever 157078 mph (252792.537 km/h).