|Launch Date||Jan. 19, 2006 | 19:00 UT|
|Launch Site||Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA | Launch Complex 41|
|Destination||Pluto, Kuiper Belt, Beyond Our Solar System|
|Status||Successful—Extended Mission in Progress|
Make the first close-up study of Pluto and its moons and other icy worlds in the distant Kuiper Belt. The spacecraft has seven scientific instruments to study the atmospheres, surfaces, interiors and intriguing environments of Pluto and its distant neighbors.
On July 14, 2015, New Horizons became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto and its five moons up close. The successful flyby revealed Pluto as a dynamic, complex world. The science results were beamed back to Earth over 16 months. New Horizons is now en route to a second science target—(486958) 2014 MU69.
Jan. 19, 2006 | 19:00 UT: Launch
July 14, 2015 | 11:49:58 UT: Pluto Flyby
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
Spacecraft Mass: 850 pounds (385 kilograms)
Visible and infrared imager/spectrometer (RALPH)
Ultraviolet imaging spectrometer (ALICE)
Radio science experiment for studying atmospheres (REX)
Telescopic camera (LORRI)
Solar wind and plasma spectrometer (SWAP)
Energetic particle spectrometer (PEPSSI)
Space dust counter (SDC)
Spacecraft Dimensions: The primary structure is 0.7 m (27 inches) tall, 2.1 m (83 inches) long and 2.7 m (108 inches) at its widest.
Spacecraft Power: One Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator
Max Power: 240 watts
Antenna Diameter: 2.1-m (83-inch)