Date: 4 Nov 2005
At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, a technician from the Applied Physics Laboratory adjusts part of the blanket that is being installed as a heat shield around the New Horizons spacecraft.
Carrying seven scientific instruments, the compact 1,060-pound New Horizons probe will characterize the global geology and geomorphology of Pluto and its moon Charon, map their surface compositions and temperatures, and examine Pluto's complex atmosphere.
New Horizons is the first mission in NASA's New Frontiers program of medium-class planetary missions. The spacecraft was designed for NASA by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.
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