Posted on Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 | 11 comments| News tip by: BFB
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NASA's New Horizons probe is still hurtling towards Pluto at a speed of 1 million miles a day.
Launched in 2006 the spacecraft is the first to be sent to investigate objects in the Kuiper Belt, a large region of small, icy worlds beyond the orbit of Neptune. Although it still has four years of travel to go to reach Pluto, astronomers will be eager to learn of what it finds as it nears its target over 7 billion km from the Sun.
"At this very moment one of the fastest spacecraft ever launched -- NASA's New Horizons -- is hurtling through the void at nearly one million miles per day."