NASA Sets Sights on First Pluto Mission

it is time i think

New Horizons is the first mission to the last planet - the initial reconnaissance of Pluto-Charon and the Kuiper Belt - sent out to explore the mysterious worlds at the edge of our solar system.


Of the nine recognized major planets in our solar system, Pluto alone remains unvisited by a man-made craft. New Horizons, the first of NASA’s “New Frontiers” missions, was selected by NASA to fill this gaping hole in the exploration of our own solar system. Scheduled to launch January 17, 2006, New Horizons’ journey will last at least 9 years and possibly as long as 15 years. After a fly-by of Pluto and its moon Charon, New Horizons will continue its flight and visit at least one other Kuiper belt object.

fingers crossed that all goes well

Sir Ulli

Be interested to see what there is out that far. I’m betting it’s just rocky like the moon with no outstanding features.

Also remberd Pluto’s Plantery status hinges on the out come of the first probe visit that reaches it.

Scrub! Launch officials scrubbed today’s launch of the Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft due to high winds at the probe’s Cape Canaveral launch pad.

hope tomorrow we have more luck

Sir Ulli

Shame. Perhaps tomorrow

And dont forget you can watch live stream of NASA TV
…takes being sneaky at work but I’ll watch somehow :smiley:


To Pluto and Beyond…Pluto probe lifts off

NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto is underway. The spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 2 p.m. EST today

The New Horizons spacecraft will cross the entire span of the solar system and conduct flyby studies of Pluto and Charon in 2015

see us in 2015 :slight_smile:

Sir Ulli

Gods speed New Horizons

so it is time to go to the next step

Kepler Mission

… NASA’s first mission capable of finding Earth-size and smaller planets around other stars.

more Info

The Kepler Mission

Sir Ulli