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Fraser
2005-Sep-07, 03:02 PM
SUMMARY: The New Horizons mission to Pluto has been called “The First Mission to the Last Planet,” and it’s the first mission to venture to a “new” planet since the Voyager missions nearly 30 years ago. While New Horizons includes proven technology and a superior launch vehicle, it could be considered to be a ‘throw-back’ mission. Some of the scientific instruments on board are named after characters from the 1950’s television show, “The Honeymooners,” and the project’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute, says the mission makes him feel like he’s back in the heyday 1960’s or 1970’s of space exploration because this mission is all about exploring planets for the first time.


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