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Spacecraft Tournament R3: 'New Horizons' probe . Category: Build a current NASA probe at least 16 studs wide (including solar arrays) . This is an entry in the Spacecraft Tournament, where I am up against the excellent Parrington Levens' entry! I must confess that the idea of building a current NASA spacecraft didn't grab me at first - real world spaceships tending to be a lot uglier than fantasy ones. However, the child who wanted to be an astronaut in me was intrigued when I came across the New Horizons probe, which will be the first spaceship ever to study Pluto when it flies past in July 2015. Sure, Pluto has been downgraded from 'planet' to 'great big asteroid' since New Horizons was launched in 2006, but it still has to be worth a look, right? Solar panels aren't much use in the outer solar system, so New Horizons relies on a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator powered by Plutonium-238 - that's the black thing on the back. You may not need to take coal to Newcastle, but it turns out you should take Plutonium to Pluto! Most of the other greebles are scientific instruments with cute acronym names like Pepssi, Lorri & Ralph. Here are some reference photos. Thanks for reading!


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