New Horizons

Way out on the edge of our Solar System, in the Kuiper Belt, lies an object that has held our fascination since 1930. Pluto! After enjoying 76 years of planet hood, Pluto was declassified into a dwarf planet in 2006. The declassification of this much beloved planet caused many people to feel personally attacked. While our disappointment over the loss of nine pizzas faded, it was renewed in the summer of 2015 when the New Horizons mission did a close flyby of Pluto. Launched in 2006, the New Horizons mission took a course leading it toward Pluto to get our first up-close images of the objects residing in the outer Solar System.

 

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New Horizons already has completed its first task of flying close by Pluto and its moon Charon, but it still has a way to go before it has completed its jobs. It is in the process of exploring other objects that are in the outer Solar System, particularly in the Kuiper Belt. However, it won’t reach its targeted object until 2019. Here’s a video if you want to hear about the object it will be exploring!

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