New Horizons spacecraft was closest to Pluto in 2015. Launched on January 18, 2006, the spacecraft traveled three billion miles to achieve one of its goals, taking images of Pluto and Pluto’s five moons. When New Horizons was launched, George W. Bush was President, Pluto was still a planet, and Apple had not yet released its first iPhone. New Horizons, traveling at a rate of over 30,000 miles per hour, will continue on its journey and will hopefully help us learn more about the Kuiper Belt. Children can learn more at: New Horizons.
New Horizons was launched in 2006 to fly by Pluto and its moons. The unmanned spacecraft flew closest to Pluto on July 14, 2015. The craft will also study Pluto’s five moons: Charon, Nix, Hydra, Styx, and Kerberos. After its work around Pluto is done, it may investigate the Kuiper Belt. Children could learn a great deal more at: New Horizons.