Join Donate

Emily LakdawallaJanuary 17, 2006

New Horizons: T minus two hours and holding...

Here we go! New Horizons is poised for launch today, and I'm watching the feed on NASA TV to keep my eye on the status of the mission. There are some clouds in the sky, which should be thinning over the next couple of hours. No rain is predicted. There are some winds with gusts up to 30 knots but the announcer seems not to be concerned. Here's a lovely recent photo of the launch vehicle; I'll get a timeline posted here shortly...

New Horizons' Atlas V Rocket


New Horizons' Atlas V Rocket
On January 15, 2006, the Atlas V launch vehicle carrying the New Horizons spacecraft was moved to its pad, on Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral.

We know you love reading about space exploration, but did you know you can make it happen?

Consider a gift to our Space Policy and Advocacy program to fuel more missions, more science, and more exploration.

Read more: New Horizons, mission status

You are here:
Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla (2017, alternate)
Emily Lakdawalla

Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist for The Planetary Society
Read more articles by Emily Lakdawalla

Comments & Sharing
astronaut on Phobos
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

More Space Exploration

More Missions. More Science. More Exploration. Your support is essential and leads to the joy of discovery.