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New Horizons flies by Jupiter
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- Title New Horizons flies by Jupiter
- Released 02/03/2007 3:36 pm
- Copyright Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)
Although the main mission of NASA's New Horizons is to explore the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt of icy, rocky objects, the spacecraft first flew by the solar system's largest planet, Jupiter, on 28 February 2007 — just a little over a year after launch. In this artist's rendering, New Horizons soars past Jupiter as the volcanic moon Io passes between the spacecraft and planet.