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New Horizons Spacecraft Passes Jupiter

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New Horizons Spacecraft Passes Jupiter

A new spacecraft is headed for the outer Solar System.

Named New Horizons, this robotic explorer passed Jupiter last week after being
launched only in early 2006.

New Horizons is being
by Jupiter's gravity to a greater speed toward its next target:
Pluto in 2015.

During its
encounter with Jupiter,
New Horizons was able to capture new images of many
Jovian moons, Jupiter's complex and
ever-changing atmosphere, and Jupiter's
Little Red Spot,
pictured above.

Formed over the past few years from several smaller storms, Jupiter's
Little Red Spot survived
a near miss with Jupiter's better-known
Great Red Spot last year.

The above image of Jupiter covers over twice the diameter of the

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