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Rocket: Atlas 5 (AV-010)
Payload: New Horizons
Date: January 19, 2006
Time: 1:08-3:07 p.m. EST (1808-2007 GMT)
Site: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Broadcast: AMC 6, Transponder 17, 72° West

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The Pluto New Horizons spacecraft, destined to become the first robotic probe to visit Pluto and its moon Charon, arrives at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in advance of its January blastoff.

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Atlas 5 planetary launch windows for New Horizons
BY JUSTIN RAY
SPACEFLIGHT NOW

Posted: November 29, 2005

Editor's note: Two-hour opportunities to launch the New Horizons spacecraft aboard the Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket are available daily from January 11 through February 14, 2006. This 35-day period is dictated by alignment of the planets and the energy necessary to send the spacecraft from Earth to Pluto. A launch in the first 23 days puts New Horizons on a trajectory to swing past Jupiter for a gravity sling-shot that speeds the travel to Pluto. But Jupiter will move out of alignment during the final 12 days of the period, causing the spacecraft to miss its Jupiter encounter and adding more time to reach Pluto. So earlier is better for launching New Horizons!

A back-up launch period is available in February 2007, offering two weeks to send New Horizons on a direct-to-Pluto route for arrival in 2019 or 2020.

Date Window Open Window Close Pluto Arrival
Jan. 11 2:07:34 p.m. 4:07:34 p.m.
2015
1907:34 GMT 2107:34 GMT
Jan. 12 1:59:55 p.m. 3:59:55 p.m.
2015
1859:55 GMT 2059:55 GMT
Jan. 13 1:52:48 p.m. 3:52:48 p.m.
2015
1852:48 GMT 2052:48 GMT
Jan. 14 1:46:07 p.m. 3:46:07 p.m.
2015
1846:07 GMT 2046:07 GMT
Jan. 15 1:39:01 p.m. 3:39:01 p.m.
2015
1839:01 GMT 2039:01 GMT
Jan. 16 1:30:53 p.m. 3:30:53 p.m.
2015
1830:53 GMT 2030:53 GMT
Jan. 17 1:23:10 p.m. 3:23:10 p.m.
2015
1823:10 GMT 2023:10 GMT
Jan. 18 1:15:35 p.m. 3:15:35 p.m.
2015
1815:35 GMT 2015:35 GMT
Jan. 19 1:07:52 p.m. 3:07:52 p.m.
2015
1807:52 GMT 2007:52 GMT
Jan. 20 12:59:54 p.m. 2:59:54 p.m.
2015
1759:54 GMT 1959:54 GMT
Jan. 21 12:51:09 p.m. 2:51:09 p.m.
2015
1751:09 GMT 1951:09 GMT
Jan. 22 12:43:10 p.m. 2:43:10 p.m.
2015
1743:10 GMT 1943:10 GMT
Jan. 23 12:36:00 p.m. 2:36:00 p.m.
2015
1736:00 GMT 1936:00 GMT
Jan. 24 12:27:02 p.m. 2:27:02 p.m.
2015
1727:02 GMT 1927:02 GMT
Jan. 25 12:19:07 p.m. 2:19:07 p.m.
2015
1719:07 GMT 1919:07 GMT
Jan. 26 12:11:16 p.m. 2:11:16 p.m.
2015
1711:16 GMT 1911:16 GMT
Jan. 27 12:03:08 p.m. 2:03:08 p.m.
2015
1703:08 GMT 1903:08 GMT
Jan. 28 11:53:34 a.m. 1:53:34 p.m.
2015
1653:34 GMT 1853:34 GMT
Jan. 29 11:35:30 a.m. 1:35:30 p.m.
2016
1635:30 GMT 1835:30 GMT
Jan. 30 11:27:23 a.m. 1:27:23 p.m.
2016
1627:23 GMT 1827:23 GMT
Jan. 31 11:19:24 a.m. 1:19:24 p.m.
2016
1619:24 GMT 1819:24 GMT
Feb. 1 11:03:17 a.m. 1:03:17 p.m.
2017
1603:17 GMT 1803:17 GMT
Feb. 2 10:55:25 a.m. 12:55:25 p.m.
2017
1555:25 GMT 1755:25 GMT
Feb. 3 2:20:32 p.m. 4:20:32 p.m.
2018
1920:32 GMT 2120:32 GMT
Feb. 4 2:12:27 p.m. 4:12:27 p.m.
2018
1912:27 GMT 2112:27 GMT
Feb. 5 2:04:28 p.m. 4:04:28 p.m.
2018
1904:28 GMT 2104:28 GMT
Feb. 6 1:56:26 p.m. 3:56:26 p.m.
2018
1856:26 GMT 2056:26 GMT
Feb. 7 1:48:11 p.m. 3:48:11 p.m.
2018
1848:11 GMT 2048:11 GMT
Feb. 8 1:40:07 p.m. 3:40:07 p.m.
2018
1840:07 GMT 2040:07 GMT
Feb. 9 1:54:03 p.m. 3:54:03 p.m.
2019
1854:03 GMT 2054:03 GMT
Feb. 10 1:44:05 p.m. 3:44:05 p.m.
2019
1844:05 GMT 2044:05 GMT
Feb. 11 1:35:10 p.m. 3:35:10 p.m.
2019
1835:10 GMT 2035:10 GMT
Feb. 12 1:25:45 p.m. 3:25:45 p.m.
2019
1825:45 GMT 2025:45 GMT
Feb. 13 1:48:44 p.m. 3:48:44 p.m.
2020
1848:44 GMT 2048:44 GMT
Feb. 14 1:38:44 p.m. 3:38:44 p.m.
2020
1838:44 GMT 2038:44 GMT

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