Monday, January 09, 2006

New Horizons Gets Decals

NASA's probe to the Kuiper Belt and beyond is getting its final stickers before launch sometime later this month.
If NASA is unable to launch this month, they won't get another opportunity until February, 2007.

New Horizons will cross the Solar System faster than anything before it (reaching lunar orbit in just 9 hours), explore Pluto and its moon, Charon, and travel out to explore the mysterious Kuiper Belt. This is the first mission specifically designed to explore the Plutonian System (my term, don't bother looking it up), and the first to return pictures of the little quasi-planet since Voyager 1.

SpaceToday.org has a nice mission overview if you're interested.

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