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NASA's New Horizons Nears Historic Encounter with Pluto

In a two-briefing event on April 14, NASA is discussing plans and related upcoming activities about the agency's historic New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto this summer. Briefers will describe the mission’s goals, scientific objectives and encounter plans, including the types of images and other data that can be expected.

New Horizons will fly past Pluto on July 14. The spacecraft already has covered more than 3 billion miles since it launched on January 19, 2006. It will pass Pluto at a speed of 31,000 mph, taking thousands of images and making a wide range of other science observations. Given the distance between Pluto and Earth, data from the spacecraft during the encounter will take approximately 4.5 hours to reach our planet.


Briefing 1: Pluto Science and New Horizons

John Grunsfeld, Science Mission Directorate associate administrator, NASA Headquarters, Washington

James Green, director of Planetary Science, NASA Headquarters

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Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

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William McKinnon, New Horizons co-investigator, Washington University, St. Louis

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Cathy Olkin, New Horizons Deputy project scientist, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

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Briefing 2: New Horizons Pluto Encounter

Glen Fountain, New Horizons project manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland

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Hal Weaver, New Horizons project scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland

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Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

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