New Horizons, NASA Space Mission
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.
Public domain photo courtesy Wikimedia/NASA.gov
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.
Public domain photo courtesy NASA.gov
New Horizon Links
- NASA - New Horizons: Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt
Florida's state quarter, symbolizing the spirit of space exploration and discovery, is an important part of the New Horizons mission. ...
- New Horizons
An unmanned Pluto-Kuiper Belt probe study. Includes mission details and educational resources.
- The Planetary Society
Goals of the mission from The Planetary Society website.
- New Horizons Timeline and Schedule
The mission's schedule of planetary encounters.
Not surprisingly, the conditions on Pluto are bitterly cold, with the temperature around minus 387 degrees Fahrenheit.