New Horizons launch, January 2006

I went down to Cocoa Beach / Cape Canaveral, FL, for the New Horizons launch. Launch was scheduled for January 17, with arrival at Pluto in July 2015. My first introduction to Pluto was as an summer-research student in Flagstaff in 1993; I then spent the next summer at JPL, working on the Pluto Fast Flyby (cancelled soon after). At SWRI, I've been involved for the last two years in testing and science-planning for New Horizon's imaging spectrometer, named Ralph. Now that the mission is in flight, its up-to-date location can be found from APL's Where is New Horizons Now? page.

Some early-2004 photos I took of the spacecraft mockup at APL.

John Spencer's launch photos

Joe Peterson's launch photos

Run Slideshow (medium-sized images) -- recommended

Run Slideshow (big images)

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Science Team Meeting, Saturday January 14, 2006

Pre-launch Party, Sunday January 15

Kennedy Space Center, Monday January 16

Launch Attempt #1, Tuesday Janary 17

Launch Attempt #2, Wednesday January 18

Launch Attempt #3 + Launch!, Thursday January 19

Post-Launch Evening Festivities


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Henry Throop

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