New Horizons Gallery Oct 22, 2018 Tags: New Horizons New Horizons Launching off Cape Canaveral (Florida, 2006). It reached the Moon in 9 hours traveling over 75,000 km/h. No spacecraft has gotten close to Pluto before this. It started its 3 billion mile (5 billion km) journey in 2006, capturing new images of Jupiter along the way before reaching Pluto in 2015. New Horizons photographed Jupiter’s equatorial cloud bands up close in 2007, showing a wide variety of cloud patterns including whirlpools. This (stitched) set of images shows the different terrain types in a detailed view of Pluto captured by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on July 14, 2015. Pluto and it's largest moon, Charon in true color. Charon is 1/2 the diameter of Pluto itself. Charon, 2015. The image on the upper left was used by James Christy and Robert Harrington to discover Charon in 1978. The ridges seen here have been formed by sublimation in which methane ice turns directly to methane gas without passing through a liquid phase. New Horizons captured two Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) with LORRI. In 2017, false-color image of KBO 2012 HE85 (Left) & KBO 2012 HZ84 (Right) are, for now, the farthest from Earth ever captured by a spacecraft. The figure on the left is a composite image produced by adding 48 different exposures from LORRI, which captured NH’s latest KBO, Ultima Thule (indicated by the yellow crosshairs) which is 100 million miles away, taken in 2018.