Monday, December 12, 2005

New Horizons Probe to Visit Pluto

The New Horizons probe to Pluto is set to launch in January 2006. Taking advantage of a Jupiter slingshot effect provided by this launch window will allow the probe to arrive at Pluto as early as 2015.
The probe will study Pluto and it's moon Charon, as well as two new smaller moons recently discovered by the Hubble Space Telespope.
Since Pluto is the only known planet in our solar system that has not been visited by a spacecraft from Earth, scientists are excited about this opportnity to study Pltuo and other Kuiper belt objects, and to "bring Pluto into the family."

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