Nasa Missions New Horizons




Atlas V-551 (core Atlas booster [with five solid rocket boosters attached] with a Centaur upper stage); and a STAR-48B solid-propellant rocket 1) Visible and infrared imager/spectrometer (RALPH); 2) ultraviolet imaging spectrometer (ALICE); 3) radio science experiment for studying atmospheres (REX); 4) telescopic camera (LORRI); 5) solar wind and plasma spectrometer (SWAP), 6) energetic particle spectrometer (PEPSSI) and 7) space dust counter (SDC).

Fun Facts

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make the first ever close-up study of Pluto, its moons, and the worlds within theKuiper Belt at the edge of our solar system. When it encounters Pluto, the unmanned spacecraft will use its seven scientific instruments to study the atmospheres, surfaces, interiors and intriguing environments around Pluto and its moons. New Horizons will also map Pluto's far-side, and look for evidence of rings and magnetic fields around Pluto and its largest moon Charon. The spacecraft will then venture on to study more objects within the Kuiper Belt
NASA New Horizons animations