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New Horizons
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New Horizons is now live on Lego Ideas!
Please help it on its way to 10,000!

NASA's New Horizons probe is the first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Its July 16th, 2015 flyby was the first of its kind. Now you can see it in Lego form!

Its science payload contains a large array of sensors, including:

- the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LoRRI), a long range camera.
- the Ralph telescope, a powerful camera with multiple channels including full color.
- the Alice spectrometer, a ultraviolet imager.
- the Solar Wind At Pluto (SWAP), an electrostatic analyzer that studies the heliosphere and solar wind.
- the Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation (PEPPSI), a spectrometer designed to sense electrons.
- the Student Dust Counter (SDC), which will provide information about how the solar system formed based on collection of space dust.
- a sun sensor, so if the craft gets off course it can return to its planned flightpath.

The probe is powered by a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) otherwise known as a space battery. This converts heat from the decay of Plutonium into electricity.

The probe was launched on January 17th, 2006 on an Atlas V rocket. It first observed Jupiter and its moons, capturing the first video of a volcano erupting on Io, before using a gravity assist from the massive gas giant to fling itself on a course to Pluto. After completing its main mission objectives, the probe will move farther and farther from the sun. In the next decade, it will study a few Kuiper Belt Objects and, if still functioning, observe the outer Heliosphere. In 2038, it will be one hundred times farther from the sun than the Earth.
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6 years ago
Congrats for the model!
6 years ago
Thanks! That render looks awesome!
6 years ago
Pretty cool renderings guys!
I like the custom decorations that you added on yours RuMontag.
6 years ago
Thanks for putting this on the front page! I'm glad you liked the decals. I exported the model with a few alternate pieces and did my best to line up my own decals with the ones in the decorations folder.
6 years ago
6 years ago
Just supported your project on Lego Ideas

I just noticed that one of the instruments (Star Trackers) is intersecting the floor in your rendering. It is just a detail I guess. The whole presentation looks pretty tidy.
6 years ago

If you want you can use my render for your presentation

Go RuMontag!!
6 years ago
Supported! Good luck onto your way to 10,000!

PS: The mecabricks link at the bottom of your text isn't pointing to the model page. Just to the homepage.
6 years ago
Thank you all for you support! I'll add an update with the model page, zanna's render, and a huge than you to Scrubs for promoting the project on Twitter.
5 years ago
100+ supporters!
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