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New Horizons

New Horizons is a robotic spacecraft by Nasa which is in a mission of flying by the dwarf planet Pluto.

It is expected to become the first spacecraft to fly by and study Pluto and its moons,Charon,Nix,Hydra,S/2011 P 1 and attempt flybys of one or more other Kuiper belt Objects if a suitable target can be located. 

New Horizons was launched on 19th January 2006 directly into an  Earth-and-solar-escape trajectory with an Earth relative velocity about 16.26 km after its last engine was shut down,the spacecraft left in the fastest ever speed of a man-made object.It flew by Mars's orbit on 7th April 2006 ,Jupiter on 28th February 2007,the orbit of Saturn on 8th June 2008 and reached Uranus's orbit on 18th March 2011 and by January 2013,its distance from pluto is 7.29 AU.

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