The NASA Space probe "New Horizons"Launched: Jan. 19, 2006
Pluto Flyby: July 14, 2015
Goal: Answer questions about Pluto, its moons, and Kuiper Belt objects.
Key Findings: Mountains, Moons, Flowing Ices on Pluto
The New Horizons mission is helping us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by
making the first reconnaissance of the dwarf planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the
distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation.
New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and
scientific studies in February 2007, and conducted a six-month-long reconnaissance flyby
study of Pluto and its moons in the summer 2015, culminating with closest Pluto approach on
July 14, 2015. An extended mission, If NASA approve: the spacecraft is expected to head
farther into the Kuiper Belt to examine another of the ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast
region, over a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit.