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NASA Spacecraft Gets Boost From Jupiter for Pluto Encounter.

Publication: The America's Intelligence Wire

Publication Date: 28-FEB-07
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COPYRIGHT 2007 Financial Times Ltd.

(From US Newswire)

LAUREL, Md., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's New Horizons spacecraft successfully completed a flyby of Jupiter early this morning, using the massive planet's gravity to pick up speed for its 3-billion mile voyage to Pluto and the unexplored Kuiper Belt region beyond.

"We're on our way to Pluto," said New Horizons Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md. "The swingby was a success; the spacecraft is on course and performed just as we expected."

New Horizons came within 1.4...

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