News From New Horizons Spacecraft

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The New Horizons mission to Pluto was a complete success.  On July 14, 2015, the spacecraft flew past Pluto at 7 miles per second and took thousands of photos and measurements.  Over the next month a few hundred low-resolution images were returned to Earth.  (Images and lots more information about the mission here.)

The first images from the Pluto system were featured at our July 17, 2015 star party, along with a history of Pluto’s discovery.  In November, 2015, we gave an updated talk on Pluto at the Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield.  We’ll be featuring Pluto again as more data trickles back during 2016.

Where’s New Horizons now?  Heading deeper into the Kuiper Belt for a rendezvous with another object.

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