Shop Windows to the Universe

Become a nitrogen atom in the nitrogen cycle in our Traveling Nitrogen Classroom Activity Kit/Game. See all our games, activity kits and classroom activities.

New Horizons Mission Launch Video

Video courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute.

This video shows the launch of the New Horizons spacecraft in January 2006. New Horizons, bound for a rendezvous with Pluto in 2015, rocketed skyward from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 2 PM on January 19, 2006. The spacecraft was carried aloft by an Atlas V launch vehicle.

Note: If you cannot see the movie you may need to download the latest QuickTime player.

New Horizons zoomed away from our planet at the highest speed of any spacecraft leaving Earth so far... it was traveling at 16.21 km/s (36,300 mph) when its engine shut down! The speedy spacecraft zoomed past the Moon's orbit just nine hours later... a much quicker trip than the three days required by Apollo astronauts to reach our Moon.

More New Horizons mission movies:

Animation icon Animation of the New Horizons mission (6.4 MB)

Animation icon Animation of the trajectory of New Horizons through our Solar System (4.7 MB)

Last modified January 23, 2007 by Randy Russell.

Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!

Our online store includes books on science education, ranging from evolution, classroom research, and the need for science and math literacy!

Windows to the Universe Community

News

Opportunities

You might also be interested in:

New Horizons Mission to Pluto

A NASA spacecraft is on its way to Pluto. The spacecraft, named New Horizons, will be the first mission to visit that frozen world on the outer fringes of our Solar System. New Horizons was launched from...more

Results from the New Horizons Jupiter Flyby

The New Horizons spacecraft flew past Jupiter on February 28, 2007. New Horizons, which was launched in January 2006, is just over a year into its 9-year trek to Pluto. The spacecraft got a gravity assist...more

Images & Multimedia

Here you will find links to all sorts of pictures, animations, videos, sounds, and interactive multimedia that are on Windows to the Universe Explore collections of images in the Image Galleries. Watch...more

ACE Mission Page

The ACE (Advanced Compostion Explorer) was launched aboard a Delta II rocket in August 1997. This unique NASA mission will run a minimum of 2 years (with an expected lifetime of over 5 years). This mission...more

ACE Instrumentation Page

The ACE spacecraft consists of a two-deck irregular octagon, about 1.6 meters (65 inches) across and about 1 meter (40 inches) high. Eight of the scientific instruments which measure a variety of particle...more

Apollo 17

Astronauts Eugene Cernan, who had flown on Apollo 10, and Harold Schmitt, a professional geologist, were the last humans to walk on the Moon, in the final mission of the Apollo space program. Together...more

The Sun's Magnetic Field Polarity

This image shows the magnetic field polarity that Ulysses measured while traveling from 80 degrees South to 80 degrees North during 1994-1995. The measurements have been mapped onto a sphere corresponding...more

COSPIN Instrument Page

COSPIN is one of the instruments onboard the Ulysses spacecraft. COSPIN stands for the COsmic and Solar Particle INvestigation. The COSPIN instrument is actually made up of 5 different sensors: the Dual...more

Windows to the Universe, a project of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, is sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation and NASA, our Founding Partners (the American Geophysical Union and American Geosciences Institute) as well as through Institutional, Contributing, and Affiliate Partners, individual memberships and generous donors. Thank you for your support! NASA AGU AGI NSF