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New Horizons: Launch

New Horizons Launch Information

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 launches aboard the Atlas V

Launch of New Horizons atop the mighty Atlas V rocket. Image credit: NASA Kennedy
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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.

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