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Mission Websites

Here we list links to the primary mission website as well as pages about the mission on other sites such as the NSSDC, NASA portal, etc.

New Horizons Mission

New Horizons is a robotic spacecraft mission conducted by NASA. It was the first spacecraft to fly by and study the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons, Charon, Nix and Hydra. After the successful flyby of Pluto, the spacecraft continued on for a Jan 2019 flyby of as part of the NNH Kuiper Belt Extended Missions (KEM and KEM2). The mission was prepared primarily by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). New Horizons was successfully launched on January 19, 2006. After a flyby of Jupiter on February 28, 2007 at 5:43:40 UTC, New Horizons is expected to arrive at Pluto in July 2015. As New Horizons passed through the Jovian system for a gravity assist in February, it performed scientific observations of Jupiter, the Galilean satellites, the Jovian rings, Himalia, Elara, and Earth.

The New Horizons primary goal is to improve our understanding of the worlds at the edge of our solar system. The mission will image and map the surface appearance with visible-wavelength cameras, perform near infrared spectral studies to determine surface composition, and probe the atmospheres with ultraviolet spectrometers and radio waves to study escape of the atmosphere as well as the interaction of the atmosphere with the solar wind.

The SBN is the lead PDS node to archive the New Horizons mission data. Here is the current version of the NH Data Management Plan. The original DMAP is also available as a PDF file.

Use PDS Subscription Service to be first to get the New Horizons data. Sign up there to receive an e-mail notification when new data arrives for each New Horizons instrument.


Data Sets

Post-Launch Checkout

Jupiter Flyby

Pluto Cruise

Pluto Encounter

Other Mission Datasets

Related Datasets

Use the Small Bodies Data Ferret to find other datasets for this mission/target.

Other Links

The Ring-Moon Systems Node's OPUS search tool can be used to find New Horizons LORRI and MVIC data.
The Ring-Moon Systems Node's Viewmaster browsing tool can be used to find New Horizons LORRI and MVIC data.