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Pluto Mission is Around the Corner - Universe Today
NASA is in the final stage of preparations for the launch of its New Horizons spacecraft, destined to lift off for Pluto in January 2006. If all goes well, New Horizons will blast off January 17, 2006 atop an Atlas V rocket; the launch window extends until February 14, 2006. The spacecraft will make a gravity slingshot past Jupiter in 2007, and arrive at Pluto as early as mid-2015.