NASA’s New Horizons Arrives at Pluto

First Photos of Pluto from New Horizons Arrive


One of the shots from New Horizons as it approaches Pluto.

by Jack Densmore, Staff Writer

NASA’s space mission, New Horizons, blasted off over nine years ago to travel to Pluto. New Horizons has now sent back its first photos of Pluto as it arrives after its journey. On the same day as the first images were sent back, it was Clyde Tombaugh’s birthday who was the discoverer of Pluto in 1930. Pluto has never been visited by a spacecraft yet and New Horizons will be the first to change that.

New Horizons will continue to send photos of Pluto and its moons: Charon, Styx, Hydra, Nix, and Kerberos. The first of its many photos was a few photos of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.

New Horizons will continue to get closer to the dwarf planet and the photos will better in quality according to many of the scientists on the project. It is estimated by many scientists that New Horizons will send back the best photos of Pluto around May 2015.