Mission Firsts

A photo of Pluto and Charon from the Hubble space telescope.

The New Horizons mission is groundbreaking. It is the first:

The Student Dust Counter was designed and built by students at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

A Speed Record

The New Horizons spacecraft was launched by an Atlas V 551 rocket.

Another record was set when the New Horizons spacecraft was launched at a speed of 16.26 km/s (10.10 miles/s) from the Kennedy Space Center on January 9, 2006. This was the fastest ever spacecraft launch from Earth.

To access the full features of Pluto Safari please download the FREE app for iOS from the Apple App Store or Pluto Safari: New Horizons for Android from Google Play.

Alternatively, if you have SkySafari or Pluto Safari installed you could download the simulation settings file here.