Passing the Planets

As New Horizons passes each planet's orbit on the way to Pluto, check back here to see where the planet was when our intrepid spacecraft zoomed by.

Passing the Moon

The first body New Horizons passed after launch was our own Moon, just eight hours and thirty five minutes after liftoff on Jan. 19, 2006. New Horizons reached the closest distance to the Moon before crossing lunar orbit.

New Horizons passed the Moon's orbit nine hours after launch.

New Horizons will cross the red planet's orbit on April 7, 2006.

The computer-generated images above are simulated views of New Horizons' location in the solar system. The images were created using the Satellite Tool Kit (STK) software, which was developed by Analytical Graphics, Inc.

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