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The New Horizons mission

The New Horizons mission

The New Horizons space probe was launched in 2006, with the objective to study Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

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New Horizons, Kuiper Belt, Pluto, dwarf planet, Charon, moons of Pluto, space probe, gravity assist manoeuvre, outer space, gravitation, Solar System, space research, astronomy, geography

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