New Horizons

New Horizons

Investigating Pluto and beyond

The New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission launched in January 2006 and completed its flyby of the Pluto system in mid-July 2015. Data coming back from New Horizons will help us to understand the icy worlds at the edge of our solar system. The mission is now slated to investigate other objects in the Kuiper belt.

Mission Class:

Larger Missions

Mission Status:


LASP Roles:

Research, Instruments, Data, Mission Operations

Science Target:

Pluto & Kuiper Belt

Mission Focus:

Asteroids, Interplanetary Space, Interstellar Dust, Planetary Atmosphere, Planetary Interior

Primary Mission Site:

Launch Date: January 19, 2006
Closest Pluto Approach: July 14, 2015
Prime Mission: 9.5 years
Extended Mission: 2025

Lead Institutions: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

Lead Funding Agency: NASA’s New Frontiers program

Partners: Stanford University