New Horizons mission

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New Horizons is a NASA mission to explore Pluto and other distant objects in the Solar System. The spacecraft was launched in 2006 and passed Jupiter in March 2007[1]. As of September 2008 it has passed beyond Saturn's orbit [2], and is expected to reach Pluto in 2015.

It is the first mission ever launched to explore Pluto. The mission's primary objectives are to study the structure of Pluto and its moon Charon, and learn about their soil and atmospheres. It will also study the Kuiper Belt.

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