NASA’s New Horizons reached a goal, nine years and over three billion miles in the making. It’s the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto, collecting data and taking the first detailed images of the dwarf planet and its large moon, Charon. This mission makes the United States the first country to explore every planet in the Solar System, from Mercury to Pluto.
The piano-sized craft will then keep going, exploring the Kuiper Belt, the outer part of the Solar System that has more dwarf planets and other objects that contain evidence of the early formation of the sun and planets.
Explore this exciting moment in history further!
- NASA’s New Horizons Mission - Get an overview of the spacecraft’s mission, with plenty of images and videos.
- NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory - This is where to go for more detailed information, including timelines, distance calculators, diagrams and more.
- Gale Science in Context: Pluto - Discover when and who discovered Pluto, what the controversy is regarding its status as a planet, and why this current exploration is important, with a collection of reference sources, articles, and news stories about the dwarf planet. (Note: You will need your library card number and PIN to access this resource)
- Visit the Reference Department of the Main Library to view some fascinating books about our Solar System and beyond!