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NASA Still Hoping to Launch New Horizons to Pluto

01/18/2006 11:24 AM

Silas Marner writes:
NASA is hoping to launch the New Horizons Pluto probe this afternoon after scrubbing the launch yesterday due to poor weather conditions. New Horizons, powered by a plutonium power source, is expected to reach Pluto in nine years, as long as it is able to launch before February 14th.

One interesting factoid I heard yesterday on an NPR Audio report about New Horizons - this ship is fast. While it took 3 days for the Apollo spacecraft to reach the Moon, New Horizons will pass it in just 8 hours.

Breaking News: NASA Scrubs Launch Again 11:28 AM (EST)

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