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New Horizons at Pluto

July 2015

Pluto orbits the sun in a region known as the Kuiper Belt. This distant, mysterious region of icy bodies is a relic of the solar system’s formation. Pluto, along with other Kuiper Belt objects and the larger asteroids, is classified as a dwarf planet.


The New Horizons mission will help us understand the small, icy worlds at the edge of our solar system. New Horizons launched on January 19, 2006 and will capture the first up-close images of Pluto and its moons on July 14, 2015. As part of an extended mission, the spacecraft is expected to head farther into the Kuiper Belt to examine more icy, mini-worlds.


Check out the resources below for activities and programming ideas for exploring the solar system and the New Horizons mission to the Pluto system.


Camp Professionals’ Guide to Exploring Pluto Families’ Guide to Exploring Pluto
Librarians’ Guide to Exploring Pluto Teachers’ Guide to Exploring Pluto
Parks’ Guide to Exploring Pluto  


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