A research team from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) using in-house research grants announced that it has made few inventions. Researchers stated that these inventions might lead to widening the value and range of a potential Pluto orbiter mission.
The latest innovations describe a fuel-saving orbital journey to emphasize that an orbiter can continue the study in the Kuiper Belt after Pluto survey. All the outcomes from this research are supposed to be reported at a seminar on upcoming Pluto and Kuiper Belt study this week at the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dr. Alan Stern, Associate Vice President, planetary scientist, is the leader of the latest the SwRI research. Initially, the research team revealed how numerous important scientific goals can be met employing gravity helps from Pluto’s giant satellite, Charon, rather than propellant. Reportedly, this will allow the orbiter to shift its orbit constantly to find out various aspects of Pluto, such as its environment, its five moons, and its solar wind interactions for up to few years.
On a similar note, a worldwide astronomers’ team recently reported that they have discovered a novel huge protocluster of galaxies. The recently discovered protocluster was recognized at a redshift of 5.7, when the universe was about 1 Billion Years old. The research results are detailed in a paper published on October 15, 2018, on the arXiv pre-print server.
Galaxy clusters enclose numerous galaxies. This number can range from few hundred to thousands of galaxies connected together by the gravitational force. They are said to be the biggest known gravitationally bound structures in the universe, which might work as exceptional laboratories to study cosmology and galaxy evolution. Astronomers are particularly interested in the discovery of protoclusters of galaxies, the progenitors of clusters. Such objects can be found at high redshifts and might offer important data about the universe at its early stages.