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The 2000's
New Horizons Mission to Pluto

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The 2000's


New Horizons Mission to Pluto
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.56

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    information-finding, maroon-colored, oddly-shaped, PEPSSI, upload, silver-colored, wrapping, assortment, interaction, spacecraft, atmosphere, operate, directly, thermal, boost, analyze
     content words:    New Horizons Mission, New Horizons, Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Applied Physics Lab, Johns Hopkins University, So New Horizons, Aboard New Horizons, Student Dust Counter, Physics Lab


New Horizons Mission to Pluto
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     "Right now, what we know about Pluto could be written on the back of a postage stamp." That was how one NASA official summed up our knowledge of Pluto, but that is going to change. The New Horizons Mission is already well on its way to Pluto, and to quote the same NASA official, "After this mission, we will be able to fill textbooks."
 
2     The New Horizons spacecraft is on a journey so long that it will take more than nine years just to reach its destination. It blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida on January 19, 2006. Five minutes later, it was already sending back signals to the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland where the team of scientists who will operate the mission was located. This team will keep track of what is going on with New Horizons until it reaches its destination. Then, once it arrives in the vicinity of Pluto and its five moons, including Charon, Nix, and Hydra, the team will operate the information-finding mission from their computers.
 
3     On its way to the outer planets, New Horizons flew by Jupiter in 2007. This gave New Horizons a power boost from Jupiter's gravity. New Horizons was also able to send back spectacular pictures of the giant planet.
 
4     After Jupiter, New Horizons' next destination was Pluto and its moons. Pluto was still eight years away. So, to conserve its strength, New Horizons went into hibernation. Many of its instruments shut down, to be awakened only once per year for checkups until 2015.

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The 2000's
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United States
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