If all goes according to plan, on Tuesday NASA will launch a spacecraft that will study Pluto, its moons and a region of the outar solar system

On Tuesday, a spacecraft called New Horizons will be sent for a close-up of the planet Pluto, its moons and a region of the outer solar system called the Kuiper Belt.  The spacecraft will lift off on top a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket at 1:24 p.m. on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral in Florida.  The Atlas will send the New Horizons away from Earth at an estimated 36,000 miles per hour, which will be the fastest spacecraft ever to depart Earth.  NASA claims that it will pass the moon in nine hours and should reach Jupiter in a little over a year.  The three-billion-mile journey to Pluto should take around 10 years.

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