New Horizons

New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007, and conducted a six-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in summer 2015, culminating with Pluto closest approach on July 14, 2015.

New Horizons went on to fly past Arrakoth, a snowman-shaped object in the Kuiper Belt, on Jan. 1, 2019. New Horizons is now 50 times farther from the Earth than the Sun is, and it is traveling at about 31,000 miles per hour.

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