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    Grand Theft Pluto: New Horizons Gets a Boost From Jupiter Flyby

    An artist's concept of the Jupiter flyby In this artist's rendering, New Horizons soars past Jupiter as the volcanic moon Io passes between the spacecraft and planet. Image Credit: JHU/APL/SwRI
    When New Horizons, NASA's Pluto-bound spacecraft, swings by Jupiter on Feb. 28, it will pick up a few souvenirs along the way -- photos, data, and an extra 9,000 mph courtesy of the largest planet in our solar system. The piano-sized spacecraft will gain enough energy to exceed 52,000 mph -- fast enough to reach New York from Tokyo in less than eight minutes. New Horizons will reach the Pluto system in July 2015 – five years earlier than without the Jupiter boost. New Horizons is managed as part of Discovery and New Frontiers Program Office at the Marshall Center.

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