New Horizons

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New Horizons

A Proposed NASA mission to explore the Pluto–Charon system and the objects of the Edgworth-Kuiper Belt. A launch date of Jan. 11 2006 would allow such a mission to benefit from a gravity assist from Jupiter in 2010 and arrive at the Pluto–Charon system by 2015. But much depends on whether the tight construction schedule can be kept.
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More importantly, these events and subsequent studies, along with the puzzling nature of Neptune's moon Triton, seen in Voyager's final pass in 1989, helped motivate those who agitated for a dedicated Pluto mission, culminating in last year's historic flyby.
Some captured our sense of adventure, as images from the Pluto mission saw searches for the dwarf planet grow 160 percent from June to July, while the discovery of water on the surface of Mars helped drive a fivefold increase in Mars searches from August to September.
And in the case of the chief scientist on the Pluto Mission, Alan Stern, it led him to repeatedly seek funding for his spacecraft when year after year he was rejected.
Little did NASA know that an event was playing out that same moment which cruelly showed the Pluto mission its real place in our scheme of things: Nitish Kumar called on Arvind Kejriwal to inform him that he supported the latter's statehood demand for Delhi.
NASA's New Horizons Pluto mission had a speedy launch.
Even though NASA eliminated funding for it in its 2003 budget, the report recommends that the agency give top priority to a major Pluto mission.
The society has started a campaign urging its 100,000 members to contact their congressional leaders and express their support for the Pluto mission.
JPL spacecraft have visited all known planets except Pluto (a Pluto mission is currently under study for the early part of the next decade).
Yet that span pales in comparison to the 16 years it took to get a Pluto mission on the launch pad in the first place.
This Pluto mission will have to be supported by smaller dishes if DSS 63 is not repaired by that time.
In 2003, hope for a Pluto mission revived when Congress approved funding for the New Horizons spacecraft, intended for Pluto and beyond.
However, we are disappointed at the loss of the Pluto mission.