|photo credit: Artist’s concept of NASA’s New Horizons
as it passes Pluto and Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, in July 2015.
NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben
New Horizons is a NASA space probe launched to study the dwarf planet Pluto, its moons and one or two other Kuiper belt objects, depending on which are in position to be explored.
Part of the New Frontiers program, the mission was approved in 2001 after cancellation of Pluto Fast Flyby and Pluto Kuiper Express.
The mission profile was proposed by a team led by principal investigator Alan Stern of Southwest Research Institute.
Follow its arrival to Pluto in July 2015. This summer will be all about new frontieres and the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons.
Here are some links to get you started.
- NASA site. New Horizons: Mission to Pluto.
- Mission to Pluto: New Horizons.
- Video: 3 April 2015 Universe today's Hangout with NASA.
- WIKIPEDIA: New Horizons.
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