The First Planetary
Reconnaissance Mission

On July 14, 2015, the U.S. made history — completing the initial reconnaissance of the classical solar system by exploring Pluto with New Horizons. The New Horizons spacecraft traveled more time and distance — 9 years and 3 billion miles — than any space mission in history to reach its target, providing humanity’s first close views of Pluto and opening the door to a new region of mysterious small worlds in the Kuiper Belt.

Alan Stern, NASA Principal Investigator, New Horizons gave a presentation at the 2016 Edison Awards about the mission. Download the full executive summary by filling out the form.


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