New Horizons Mission to Pluto

New Horizons is a spacecraft goaled to fly past Pluto in the summer of 2015. When it arrives, New Horizons will map the surfaces of Pluto and its biggest moon, Charon. And it may scan two additional moons that appear to be showing up in recent images from Hubble Space Telescope.


Pluto After 76 years of glory, the small ball of rock...

Radio Programs

New Pluto A new view of a distant world Tuesday, December 22, 2015
New Horizons II Getting to know a new world Friday, July 10, 2015
New Horizons Transforming a distant world Thursday, July 9, 2015
Pluto A famous but poorly understood world Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The Next Phase 99 days to Pluto Monday, April 6, 2015
First Glimpse Ready for a first look at Pluto Friday, January 9, 2015
Moon and Jupiter Closing in on two dwarf planets Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Featured Images

Global view of Charon, Pluto's largest moon
Red Roof Moon Friday, October 2, 2015
Backlit view of Pluto landscape from New Horizons
Hazy Skies Tuesday, September 22, 2015
New Horizons view of young mountains on Pluto
Ice Mountains Wednesday, July 15, 2015
July 12 views of Charon and Pluto from New Horizons
Hours Away Monday, July 13, 2015
July 8 view of Charon, Pluto from New Horizons
Dynamic Duo Friday, July 10, 2015
Artist's concept of New Horizons passing by Pluto
First Encounter Thursday, July 9, 2015
New Horizons view of Pluto and Charon, July 1, 2015
Best Shot Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Diagram shows the location of the Kuiper Belt
Icy Realm Monday, July 6, 2015


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