Outer Space

New Horizons Is Moving On To The Next Stage In Its Journey

On October 25, 2016, the New Horizons spacecraft returned the last of the data from its mission to help us learn more about Pluto. It had been saving that data since its July 2015 flyby, and now that it's safely in the hands of scientists, that marks the end of this stage for the probe that taught us so much about the fascinating dwarf planet. The team now plans to erase the probe's on-board recorders to make space for its next adventure: the Kuiper Belt. Explore what the probe has taught us in the videos below.

A Tribute To New Horizons

See the many images New Horizons captured, set to a Ray Bradbury poem.

What Has New Horizons Taught Us?

Discover what we learned just a few months after the historic flyby.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The New Horizons launch was the fastest spacecraft launch in history. 00:54

  2. Pluto's famous "heart" is called Tombaugh Regio after the astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930. 02:17

  3. Pluto gets its brownish-red color from compounds called tholins. 03:39

A Conversation With A New Horizons Scientist

Hank Green gets it straight from the horse's mouth.

Extreme Close-Up Of Pluto's Surface

This is the most detailed view of Pluto's surface we've got.

Written by Curiosity Staff October 28, 2016

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