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New Horizons, NASA Space Mission

Updated on February 1, 2015

New Horizons - Mission to Pluto

In a NASA mission that is sure to yield some extremely important scientific findings, New Horizons is currently traveling to the dwarf planet Pluto. It will be the first craft to study Pluto and its three moons, Nix, Charon, and Hydra. New Horizons blasted off on an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on January 19, 2006.

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New Horizons Launch - January 19, 2006


The total cost of the New Horizon mission is roughly $650 million.

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An animated rendering of the probe in action.

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Pluto Arrival

Not surprisingly, the conditions on Pluto are bitterly cold, with the temperature around minus 387 degrees Fahrenheit.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      i like space exploration. I like how private companies are getting into the market. I think that will bring real innovation to space -- not NASA unfortunately. Still, it was a good agency for its time. I think its time is running out.

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      Heidi 7 years ago from Benson, IL

      Very neat. No matter what anyone says, space exploration is not a waste of money. You don't get anywhere in life or expand your horizons by sitting on your duff and stargazing and it's the same for space.