New Horizons

New_Horizons-Logo.pngMission Summary
Mission: New Horizons
Launch date: January 19, 2006
Launch vehicle: Atlas V
Jupiter flyby: February 2007
Saturn flyby: June 2008
Uranus flyby: March 2011
Pluto closest approach: July 2015
Kuiper Belt exploration: 2018-2022
End of mission: 2026
Overview: New Horizons is a NASA spacecraft mission launched to study Pluto, its moons and the Kuiper belt, performing flybys of the Pluto system and one or more other Kuiper belt objects (KBOs).
The closest approach of the spacecraft to Pluto occurred at 11:49 UTC on July 14, 2015 at a range of 7,750 miles (12,472 km) from the surface and 8,487 miles (13,658 km) from the center of Pluto. New Horizons had a relative velocity of 13.78 km/s (49,600 km/h; 30,800 mph) at its closest approach, and came as close as 28,800 km (17,900 mi) to Charon.

Documents and PowerPoints
New Horizons_Data Sheet.ppt
New Horizons Journey to Pluto.ppt
New Horizons at Ultima Thule-190229.ppt

Mission Overview.pdf
Press Kit.pdf
Technical Summary.pdf
Mission Guide.pdf
Spacecraft Speeds.pdf

New Horizons Data Sheet.ppt
New Horizons Journey to Pluto.pdf

Related MGG Portal Links
New Horizons - Kuiper Belt

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Reminder: email links to visitors

New Horizons Science Photos

NASA/JPL Web Links

New Horizons-Solar System Exploration
New Horizons-Pluto/Kuiper Belt Mission
Spacecraft Instruments
News Center

Where is New Horizons Now?

Wikipedia Links
New Horizons

Other Related Links
Clyde Tombaugh-Discoverer of the planet Pluto



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 New_Horizons_instrument_outline.gif New Horizon Instruments

Nh-pluto-in-true-color.jpg Near-true-colour composite image of Pluto taken by the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015 from a distance of 450,000 kilometers.

2015-8-12-15-PlutoEnhancedColor.jpg Pluto's Colorful Composition taken July 13, 2015, when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away from Pluto, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers).

nh-pluto-hazy-skies_0.jpg Pluto's Atmosphere taken on July 15, 2015 when the spacecraft was about 1.25 million miles (2 million kilometers) from Pluto.

nh-charon.jpg Pluto's largest moon Charon taken late on July 13, 2015 from a distance of 289,000 miles (466,000 kilometers)

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The Denver Astronomical Society posted the talk by John Spencer from the New Horizons Mission. The talk was about the latest, as of December 2015, results from New Horizons. Here is the link:

FranBagenal-Pluto-tn.png New Horizons: Initial Findings from the Mission to Pluto - Dr. Fran Bagenal, Co-investigator (YouTube)

NH_MissionAnim-tn.png New Horizons Mission Animation

NH-Flyover-IcePlainsMountains-tn.png Flying over Pluto's icy plains and Hillary Mountains

NH-Flyover-IceMountainPlains-tn.png Flying over Pluto's Icy Mountain and Plains


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