The size of a business jet, it will take off from 2020 like a rocket, boost itself beyond the atmosphere and release an expendable second-stage rocket and satellite, then and land like an airplane on a runway.
This enhanced color view from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto’s great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula. (Krun is the lord of the underworld in the Mandaean religion, and a ‘macula’ is a dark feature on a planetary surface.)
SpaceX has confirmed that its Falcon 9 rocket has successfully made a landing, despite a much tougher mission parameter due to a faster and hotter reentry.
The latest images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft have scientists stunned – not only for their breathtaking views of Pluto’s majestic icy mountains, streams of frozen nitrogen and haunting low-lying hazes, but also for their strangely familiar, arctic look.