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Destination Pluto: NASA's New Horizons Mission in Pictures

NASA's Speediest Probe Gains on Far-Out Pluto

SwRI (Dan Durda)/JHUAPL(Ken Moscati)

An artist's rendering of the New Horizon spacecraft.

New Horizons Launch

NASA/Ken Thornsley

On Jan. 19, 2006, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, bound for a flyby of Pluto to occur on July 14, 2015.

New Horizons Pluto Probe Readied For Launch

Dan Durda

To be dispatched early 2006, the outward bound New Horizons spacecraft will throw new light on distant Pluto and its moon, Charon, as well as Kuiper Belt objects. Image

Reaching for Pluto: NASA Launches Probe to Solar System's Edge


NASA's New Horizons spacecraft launches into space on a mission to the planet Pluto and beyond on Jan. 19, 2006.

Launch of NASA's Pluto Probe Delayed for 24 Hours


NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, tucked snugly atop its Atlas 5 rocket, was unable to launch on Jan. 17, 2006 due to high winds at its Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch site.

NASA's Pluto Probe Set for Flight


NASA’s New Horizons probe sits atop its Atlas 5 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Rocket Checks Prompt Launch Delay for NASA's Pluto Probe


NASA's New Horizons Pluto probe is prepared to be encased in its launch fairing at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA's Pluto Probe Arrives at Spaceport

John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

New Horizons has undergone extensive testing at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight center and arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Hurricane Damage Prompts Booster Replacement for NASA's Pluto Probe


The Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft is moved toward a work stand (behind it) for a checkout at NASA's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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