Spacecraft: New Horizons Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41 Launched: Jan. 19, 2006 Launch Time: 2:00.00 p.m. EST
New Horizons Heads for Pluto NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a fast-moving Atlas V rocket. as it headed for a distant rendezvous with the mysterious planet Pluto almost a decade from now. The third time was the charm for New Horizons. Two consecutive launch attempts earlier in that week were foiled by high winds at the launch site and a power outage at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., which operates the spacecraft while the mission is underway.