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.
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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
More New Horizons mission movies:
Animation of the New Horizons mission (6.4 MB)
Animation of the trajectory of New Horizons through our Solar System (4.7 MB)
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