New Horizons for a Little Planet

Approximate Running Time: 6 minutes
Produced by: Hartnell College
Planetarium and Hartnell College New
Media Center

Release Date: October 2014
Hartnell College Planetarium is offering a new free show,
“New Horizons for a Little Planet”, to all full dome planetariums.

“New Horizons for a Little Plane t” is a lighthearted introduction to NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Launched in 2006, the New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to fly by Pluto and its moons in July of 2 015. The purpose of the program is to introduce planetarium visitors to the mission prior to its arrival at Pluto. After it encounters Pluto, New Horizons will continue on through the Kuiper Belt and the mission will likely be extended. A smaller, more primitive Kuiper Belt Object will then be targeted for a rendezvous in 2018 or 2019. These encounters promise us unprecedented close up views of t hese distant worlds and the information gathered by New Horizons will provide valuable insight into the formation of our solar system and its planets.