Spacecraft, New Horizons, Mock-up

Spacecraft, New Horizons, Mock-up

     

New Horizons will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and the Kuiper Belt in the outer solar system. It was launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida, on January 19, 2006, and conducted a Jupiter flyby 13 months later to gain further acceleration. New Horizons will make its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015.

The half-ton spacecraft contains scientific instruments to map the surface geology and composition of Pluto and its three moons, investigate Pluto's atmosphere, measure the solar wind, and assess interplanetary dust and other particles. After it passes Pluto, controllers plan to fly the spacecraft by one or two Kuiper Belt objects. New Horizons carries several souvenirs from Earth, including some of the remains of Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997), discoverer of Pluto, and a piece of SpaceShipOne.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory donated this to the Museum in 2008.

Gift of John Hopkins University, Applied Physics Labaratory.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Space Science

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Wood, mylar, and plastics
Dimensions
Approximate: 198.12 x 271.78 x 210.82cm (6ft 6in. x 8ft 11in. x 6ft 11in.)

New Horizons will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and the Kuiper Belt in the outer solar system. It was launched aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida, on January 19, 2006, and conducted a Jupiter flyby 13 months later to gain further acceleration. New Horizons will make its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015.

The half-ton spacecraft contains scientific instruments to map the surface geology and composition of Pluto and its three moons, investigate Pluto's atmosphere, measure the solar wind, and assess interplanetary dust and other particles. After it passes Pluto, controllers plan to fly the spacecraft by one or two Kuiper Belt objects. New Horizons carries several souvenirs from Earth, including some of the remains of Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997), discoverer of Pluto, and a piece of SpaceShipOne.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory donated this to the Museum in 2008.

Gift of John Hopkins University, Applied Physics Labaratory.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Space Science

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Wood, mylar, and plastics
Dimensions
Approximate: 198.12 x 271.78 x 210.82cm (6ft 6in. x 8ft 11in. x 6ft 11in.)

ID: A20080394000