Pluto Probe Will Give Best Look Yet At Dwarf Planet
New Horizons has been on its way to Pluto for almost nine years to the day. Now it’s time to go to work.By Evan Thomas | January 17, 2015
At long last, New Horizons is ready to start its study of Pluto.
NASA reports the unmanned probe's wake-up sequence is complete and it's ready to start work. On Sunday, January 25, it will take the first of its long-range approach pictures.
New Horizons is the first probe we've sent specifically to study Pluto. The dwarf planet is 4.67 billion miles from Earth, so it's not exactly easy to learn about.