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Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

New Horizons spots Pluto!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2006

Yesterday the New Horizons team released a flicker animation showing the spacecraft's first sight of Pluto, using the LORRI long-range imaging instrument.

New Horizons is locked on target for its Jupiter encounter

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2006

Alan Stern just posted a detailed update on the status of New Horizons in his PI's Perspective blog on the mission website.

New Horizons tracks an asteroid

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2006

New Horizons is spending the summer traversing the asteroid belt. I haven't written a lot about New Horizons lately because the mission has been going so uneventfully well. But now I've got something to write about: data!!

New Horizons passes farther from the Sun than Mars today!

Emily Lakdawalla • April 06, 2006

Today is the day that New Horizons passes Mars' orbit (not that Mars is anywhere close to New Horizons right now).

Where is New Horizons now?

Emily Lakdawalla • January 30, 2006

It's in space, of course, and has a very, very long way to go to Pluto (nearly 50 billion kilometers). But it's finally more than 1 Astronomical Unit from the Sun.

New Horizons update

Emily Lakdawalla • January 23, 2006 • 1

I received a lot of email over the weekend about New Horizons. Many of them were expressing concern about how little news there has been since launch. Have no fear.

New Horizons post-launch press conference

Emily Lakdawalla • January 19, 2006

I am updating this as I take notes from the press conference.

OK, back to New Horizons!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 19, 2006

So the Stardust press conference is still going on on NASA TV, but I am now turning to the Internet to monitor the status of New Horizons' third attempted launch day.

How New Horizons' launch date affects its arrival date

Emily Lakdawalla • January 18, 2006

I was looking at that table of launch times for New Horizons and realized that the table included another valuable column of data that I hadn't noticed before: it tells you what year New Horizons will arrive, for each of the possible launch dates.

New Horizons launch scrubbed for today.

Emily Lakdawalla • January 17, 2006

Well, it was a nail-biting morning and too bad that New Horizons didn't go but these things happen pretty frequently.

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