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New Horizons (U.S.)

Destination: Pluto-Kuiper Belt. Launched: Jan. 19, 2006. Arrival: Summer 2015. Mission: To study the worlds at the edge of our solar system. New Horizons will be the first mission specifically designed to study Pluto and its moon Charon. This mission plans to map Pluto's and Charon's surface appearances, study surface compositions, and probe their atmospheres. New Horizons then will go to the Kuiper Belt, located beyond Neptune's orbit, and examine Kuiper Belt objects, thought to be similar to the composition of the cores of the giant planets.

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