NASA looks at Pluto's mission Fox News
For a celestial object that may or may not be a planet, Pluto must be getting a lot of attention these days.
Just days after NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein said that Pluto should be returned to planet status, the US Space Agency announced that it had funded a study to verify that another mission in orbit on the dwarf planet was feasible.
NASA provided funding to the Southwestern Research Institute (SwRI) to study project cost, its feasibility, as well as "developing spacecraft and payload design requirements and performing cost and risk estimates for new ones technology, "according to a statement.
FILE – This image provided by NASA in March 2017 shows Pluto illuminated from behind the sun as the New Horizons spacecraft it travels about 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away. (NASA / Johns Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics / Southwestern Research Institute via AP)
THE PLUTE WILL BE PLANNED AGAINST RESEARCH RESEARCH "Our mission is to send one spacecraft orbiting Pluto for two Earth years before we set off to visit at least one KBO [Kuiper Belt Object] and another planet KBO Dwarf."
NASA first flew past Pluto in July 2015 with its New Horizons Mission, which is managed by SwRI. Throughout this year, the Space Agency has released a series of images of Pluto, including the first close-up image of an area near the Equator of the Dwarf planet, which contains a series of mountains 11,000 feet above Pluto's icy surface.  Pluto Tenzing Montes Peak Image Created by New Horizons and published on July 10, 2018. The mountains range from about 1.8 miles to 3.7 miles (3 to 6 kilometers) above the surface of the Dwarf planet. “/>
Image from Pluto's Tenzing Montes Peaks, created with data from New Horizons and published on July 10, 2018. The mountains range from about 1.8 miles to 3.7 miles (3 to 6 kilometers) above the surface of the Dwarf planet.
(Paul Schenck / Lunar and Planetary Institute)
In January 2019, New Horizons, launched in January 2006, flew past the Kuiper Belt, Ultima Tule. In May, NASA revealed the startling discovery that there were both water and "organic molecules" on its surface.
Alan Stern, SwRI's principal investigator, revealed that the organization has been working on its concept for some time.
"In a SwRI-funded study preceding this new NASA-funded study, we developed an orbital tour of the Pluto system, demonstrating that mission is possible when launching vehicles with planned capability and existing electric propulsion systems," Stern in the statement. following NASA's New Horizons mission that revealed "Pluto's heart," SwRI is exploring a new Pluto orbit mission to NASA. SwRI has shown that it is possible to orbit Pluto and then escape into orbit to tour additional dwarf planets and objects on the Kuiper Belt. (Credit: NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI) “/>
To track NASA's New Horizons mission that revealed Pluto's heart, SwRI is exploring a new Pluto orbit mission to NASA. SwRI has shown that it is possible to orbit Pluto and then escape into orbit to tour additional dwarf planets and objects on the Kuiper Belt. (Credit: NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI)