I'm happy that New Horizons will be reaching Pluto by July 15, 2015. It will also be a day after my son's birthday. My Irish/Cuban great-grandfather would be happy about that. He held star parties in Matanzas, Cuba, and often said that man would one day walk on the moon. They did.
One suggestion for the name of the fourth moon of Pluto would be Cerberus, as a region starts somewhat grim in our solar system, and would make a perfect match with Charon.
Camilo Jonas da Silva Costa
Pato Branco, Brazil
I have been greatly saddened by the passing away of Dr. Dave Slater. My thoughts and support are with Dave Slater's family, friends and colleagues.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
I have always been excited by space exploration but nothing has ever come close to my excitement about the New Horizons mission. I am amazed at the idea that human beings can execute such a mission but I'm also thrilled by the idea of being able to actually see Pluto from so close. Not to mention what we will see in the Kuiper Belt as well. We are on our way to off-world colonization.
Richmond, Virginia, USA
I’m so happy that the mission is going well. My name is on the spacecraft on its way to Pluto.
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
New Horizons achievements may one day be thought to be one of President George W. Bush’s greatest feats, thanks to the awesome effort of NASA and its partners. Pluto rules!
Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA
While I was born on January 19, the year was 1959. The launch of New Horizons on my birthday was the best birthday present ever! Keep up the good work; I'm looking forward to seeing the incredible geology of Pluto soon.
I think New Horizons is the most exciting mission since the venerable Voyager I, II mission.
Oakhurst, California, USA
After Voyager, New Horizons will extend human knowledge beyond our solar system. I believe this to be wonderful. I also note with interest Huygens on Titan and think about a Europa mission, even though “2001” told humanity not to attempt a landing there.
Fremantle, Western Australia
I think that the mission New Horizons has incredible merit. I believe more idealist than scientific. This mission represents perfectly the idea of the man who puts his heart beyond the obstacle. The world is experiencing an era of great confusion, at all levels. Only our desire, anxiety, for knowledge can help us find the right way. Perhaps humanity can find its unity only in outer space. So many thanks New Horizons!
Leghorn, Tuscany, Italy
I'm very happy to receive your mails about New Horizons. It's really exiting to know all the details about this important voyage to this distant body at about 19 km/second. Congratulations to all the team for your work
José Mompó Bonet
Amazing, wonderful, great . . . so exciting. But even in 2015, New Horizons will still be so far from the frontiers of our solar system - and so far from the nearest star.
The planet Pluto is an AMERICAN planet, having been discovered by American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh on February 18, 1930. Pluto should be reinstated to FULL planethood and granted honorary statehood.
Robert F. Brown
Orleans, Massachusetts, USA
Great pictures of Jupiter and Neptune. I am counting down the days to closest encounter. Any news on the next object for NH to visit or when NH might reach the Kuiper Cliff and find Planet X?
...nnnyeeeaaaAAAAAARRRRMMMmmmmm....[Doppler effect in effect]
Look at that baby go! Upon reaching the halfway marks, on this longest-ever haul toward a primary planetary objective, yours has been a thoroughly FANTASTIC JOB thus far!!!
BRAVO to you and your team! It doesn't seem to have taken so long after all, and no doubt, like you, I can hardly wait for the climactic encounter of the Pluto system. We share your hopes of success fully realized, and have no doubt that you and your team will accomplish them.
Gays Mills, Wisconsin, USA
I was checking out the website last Friday when the clock indicated that (timewise) New Horizons crossed the halfway point. So cool. Continued hopes for a successful mission and beyond!
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Anxious for the flyby of Pluto, wish it was sooner than 2015. Glad to see a rocket on the way there, hope tons of pictures are taken because it will be neat to see what our furthest neighborhood friend will be like all those miles from the Sun.
Belleville, Illinois, USA
This is absolutely incredible! Pluto was only discovered 80 years ago and now we`re witnesses to these events (NH launch, etc.). I can't wait until 2015. Thank you NASA! You are the best!
Back in 1957, my dad dragged us kids out of bed to listen to Sputnik 1 saying this is the beginning. I regard New Horizons much as Churchill did after El Alamein - this is the end of the beginning.
I lived in Flagstaff, AZ at the time Pluto was discovered. I am now 86 years old and hope to be around in 2015 to view Pluto.
Santa Nella, California, USA
I'm following the New Horizons project from the start. It's an adventure never seen! Such a distance that an object made by human hands away from mother Earth. I'm wondering how it looks there around Pluto. A child's dream, seeing the surface clearly in five years. May I give thanks for the people who made it possible, who build New Horizons, who launched New Horizons and who follows him during the long voyage into space! Thanks; you made my child dream true in my life (hopefully).
I'm glad that everything is going well. I can't wait until New Horizons reaches Pluto. My name is on the spacecraft.
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Love the NASA app for my iPad that lets me track New Horizons and other projects! My hat's off to Glen Fountain and the team behind this project. I greatly look forward to tracking in the days/months/years ahead!
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
I am excited about this misson, as I have been for many others. Seeing Pluto close up is amazing. In my own telescope I have observed Pluto many times and it is nothing but a dim spot, there is no way I can see any detail, it looks like another dim star that is a little difficult to find. I only wish they would have designed it to go into orbit. I know that is expensive but not impossible to do. But a flyby is much better than nothing. So let's hope for the best. Good going NASA!
Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA
I hope this mission will help us understand more about the Pluto-Charon system and its home place, the Kuiper Belt. Best of luck to the people connected with this mission.
This mission fascinates me more than the others. Always been very interested in Pluto. I am curious why nobody has tried to look at Pluto now that the probe is more than halfway there. Would think you would already begin to see some more resolution about its features.
Robert T Edmund Jr.
Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
I can still remember when Voyager II gave us our closest-ever glimpses of the other outer planets and I absolutely can't wait to see Pluto with even greater clarity. Well done and thank you to all involved - there should be so much more of this work going on, so long may New Horizons shine like an inspirational beacon toward that endeavor.
Incheon, South Korea
What will become of the spacecraft after it reaches Pluto? Where will it go after it reaches the Kuiper Belt? What types of information will this endeavor provide besides the information about space itself? These are questions I would like to see addressed in future postings on this site. Just curious.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
I realize NASA has a very tight budget, but with all the time and effort put into this project can't we figure out a way to build an inexpensive lander to drop on the sub-planet as it passes. When is the next time we will be out this way? I would like to see a camera on Europa to watch Jupiter rise above the horizon. We could have dropped one off there too.
New York, USA
New Horizons is out there to answer questions, to satisfy our hunger for knowledge, going beyond the horizon to find what's there, and to set a new horizon of our knowledge. Which I hope we will promptly set out to push it back even farther, because that's our nature - to explore and discover.
Mike C Detaille
Ste-Therese, Quebec, Canada
I check the New Horizons site for any news about the journey, almost every day. I wonder what we will see out there in deep space. Maybe a diamond in the rough or maybe we will discover it's a planet after all. Who's to say what's too big or too small. I will continue to gaze into the heavens and pray for a safe journey for NH. Thank you all for your hard work at NASA and everybody else who helped make this dream possible.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Great work thus far - looking forward to the close encounters! Once beyond the Pluto/Charon system and some of the Kuiper Belt objects are there any plans made to leave a radio transmitter on continuously so that the Pioneer anomaly can be further studied as it may relate to the gravitational field of the Milky Way galaxy upon the vicinity of the solar system? And once beyond the heliopause and into the interstellar medium are there plans to study magnetic field lines and any changes that may be occurring in them through time?
Just a few thoughts to ponder over while there is still plenty of time to make future plans.
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
The best history mission and a milestone for the mankind. Thanks for the team.
I was 61 when New Horizons took off. I'll be 71 when it gets to Pluto. It is an amazing time to be alive and watch great science happening. I wish I could live forever maybe as Q or part of the Continuum. To the scientists at Johns Hopkins and all those who made NH possible, thanks for the great show.
Gales Ferry, Connecticut, USA
I am very excited about finally seeing the Pluto/Charon and family corner of our solar system. In the past the mystery of our darkest neighbor has always been interesting to me. I cannot wait to see the pictures of the "God of the Underworld" and hope I am sharing these thoughts with many of you reading this ...
Two million years ago no one could see Pluto. But in 2015 all the world, millions could then see with their own eyes and see, real Pluto.
Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
Oh my God is amazing! I wish be there with you NASA, you're genius. Universe is all my life dream. God bless you!!!
Couldn't wait for 2015 to come. My daughter and I included our names in the DVD on board the spacecraft. She would already be 12 by the time New Horizons got to Pluto. I guess that's the closest thing we could have in fulfilling a childhood dream.
Pluto was the epitome of an enigmatic planet when I got into astronomy in the 1960s. How lucky I am that I can live to see a probe travelling to the outermost frontiers of our solar system!
This is amazing. I cannot wait to see a sample of all the various Kuiper belt objects. A high-resolution picture looking back at the sun from Pluto will be one of my cosmic favorites.
I think it is a wonderful mission and the one thing I would ask is what took so long? This should have been started right after the Voyager missions. For the first time Pluto will be visibly viewed and properly explored and studied. There is much to understand pertaining Pluto, its moons and its role in the solar system. Maybe due to its characteristics and location, it may force the scientific community to rethink its decision to downgrade it from a planet. That and everything else we have sent out in space and what we placed on the moon has our solar system having nine planets, which makes us look a little foolish.
Mark E. Long
Derry, Pennsylvania USA
I would be interested in the search for secondary targets for the bird.
David M. Bice
Newport, Oregon, USA
I am excited that New Horizons is already half-way. Excellent work!
Great! Looking forward to new discoveries.
DeKalb, Illinois, USA
Keep up the good work. My brain needs this: what is going on; what can I do; how I can enjoy the work of others.
Washoe Valley, Nevada, USA
This is a fantastic mission! I signed up for the NASA Participation Certificate in June 2005 and now it's already more than halfway to Pluto! I think it's awe-inspiring to know that this probe will continue out of the solar system and into interstellar space along with the Pioneer and Voyager probes. This is indeed a lonesome traveler that journeys into the unknown and will be a permanent symbol of mankind's efforts to sail the seas of the cosmos (as Carl Sagan might have put it).
This probe is a cosmic "I was here" for the human race. I wonder who, if any, will find it and investigate it?
This is going to be a great mission. But, I just wish that there was a message to possible intelligent life aboard the craft. Something along the lines of Pioneer or Voyager, especially because this spacecraft is traveling so fast! A wasted opportunity.
Chicago, Illinois, USA
New Horizons is another step into a future, as yet undetermined and unknown. I look forward to the many new discoveries that you will collectively make. I'm a believer in humankind's innate urge to explore and expand our horizons. I could write a whole book on the subject, but this is obviously not the time or place to do that. Instead, I would just like to extend my congratulations on the work you have done, so far, and a promise to continue to follow your progress. You are the extension of all of us. Even the naysayers and non-believers. You continue to add to the path I chose to follow as a child. That path (I hope) is the way to a better future. A future with broader horizons than the short-sighted among us will ever see. I envy those of you who get to directly participate in this adventure. You are a part of a history that you are helping make. Be proud and know the like-minded are proud of what you are doing.
Success and Good Hunting!
C W Creasey
West Terre Haute, Indiana, USA
There was this young man Clyde William Tombaugh
had a job many would think was a great bore
click million click all for a flick
of movement, planet X, and since over a 1000 more.
There was this satellite called New Horizons
on a long trip but carrying no persons
it's aim number nine
so cheers with wine
when it gets there, to dwarfy Pluto, there'll be revelations.
has got all its buttons
Pluto a must or bust
and is even counting the dust.
leader Stern's 9-year interest
What a fascinating mission to our home solar system frontiers. Except the regular science data still returned by the Voyager probes, the astrophysicists don't know much about the Pluto and dwarf planets: atmosphere, chemical composition, seasonal behavior and interactions with their close environment. This mission will bring for sure invaluable understandings about the Pluto-Charon duo and surroundings. Many thanks to the engineers and technicians that made this mission possible! We are looking towards 2015 and expecting amount of discoveries!
Astronomers are too close to be objective. Major planets are gas giants. Minor planets are spheroid rocky planets. And seeing Pluto is my dream - actually my dream is walking on Pluto but let's not get into that - I'm fairly sure that there is no icehenge there, lol.
I have always believed Pluto was a planet and I still do. And I have always wondered what it looks like and all of its other secrets. Now New Horizons, which I believe is one of the greatest spacecraft mankind has ever created, will discover the secrets of Pluto and its moons. Keep it safe and good luck to all of you! Also, it will fly-by Pluto the day before my birthday. So we'll have an extra special party!
North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA
I love the New Horizons mission and can't wait to see what it finds! I still think Pluto is a "proper" planet. My definition would be if an object is round by its gravity, circles its star (not another planet) and has never shone by nuclear fusion then it should be termed a planet – and that broad category then gets sub-divided based on composition, orbit, etc., with our solar system having three main planetary types - the rocky like Earth, the gassy like Jupiter and the icy like Pluto. If that means we have four rocky, four gassy and 10 or more icy planets in our solar system so be it - the more the merrier! Pluto is an intriguing and complex little world with geology, atmosphere, moons and possibly even rings that I can't wait to see and find out more about! I wish it all the best and give my thanks to the scientists and engineers responsible.
I enjoy following the exploration of our planets and beyond.
Patrick T. Roy
Taylor, Michigan, USA
Loved the PBS special last night. I did not know about this mission until I saw the show, and I'm very excited about it! Keep up the good work.
Ronald Kwast (left) and Dirk Visscher of Holland let folks know where their "other" vehicles are headed!
Hello from Streator, IL, the boyhood home of Clyde Tombaugh (discoverer of the planet Pluto). We are grateful to Alan Stern and the New Horizons team for the hard work and passion they put into making this mission a reality. We have already starting planning a New Horizons Pluto party for 2015. Everyone is invited!
Ed and Pam
Streator, Illinois, USA
I'm so excited that at last we are sending eyes to my favorite planet. I have been reading everything I can find on New Horizon. My prayers are with this mission. I put myself in NH and hope it's not too lonely of a trip but a beautiful adventure. Good luck to everyone.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
When I was a child, I dreamt of how Pluto would be; I could never imagine my dreams would become truth. Now I wait for the exciting 2015's discoveries. Long life for NASA scientific expeditions.
What a fantastic achievement by the scientists who put New Horizons together.
My name is on the CD aboard New Horizons and that makes me extremely proud. I'll be five years retired by the time NH encounters Pluto but I will log in regularly until then to watch its progress.
I look back and see history.
I look around and see chaos.
I look forward and see a course understanding it’s worth trying.
I look inside and see belief, with certainty that in the end ... New Horizons victory.
I think it's great that we are going to Pluto. I still think of Pluto as a planet. Do we have plans to go to Neptune or Uranus? I think that would be great.
Go New Horizons. I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of the installation of the energy source aboard New Horizons and actually be a part of sending it on its mission. The team involved, have done truly amazing stuff. This is what this country is made of.
Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA
I have many beliefs, one of which is that Alan Stern and his team are to be deeply thanked.
The commitment of the New Horizons Team and NASA shows America in a good light. I look each month for New Horizons current position. I would welcome a series of the navigation shots New Horizons takes of Pluto at each annual check-up.
New Horizons was the first spacecraft to leave the Earth for another planet and almost have the destination declassified en route. Fortunately, like Snow White, we were saved from the greatest of tourist disappointments by a happy band of wandering dwarves.
Erik Ga Bean
I can hardly wait until New Horizons gets to Pluto! Thanks to the team I feel almost part of the mission. Put our names on the CD travelling with NH; husband says, "thanks ... now the aliens will know where we live!"
Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, Canada
Given the recent revisions to the future of America's manned space program plans, I find the good work being done by unmanned probes in general and New Horizons in particular to be most inspiring. I am excited to be living in an era where we are finally completing the first scientific surveys of every major planetary body in our solar system! Imagine what we will learn and the new questions that will arise from the Pluto and Kuiper Belt flybys. May the New Horizons design concept and its related technologies be imitated, improved, duplicated and launched 100-fold to help us better understand the thousands of scientific opportunities waiting in the back yard of our solar system. Carpe Diem!
Houston, Texas, USA
Technology extends the reach of mankind, and there is no better example of this than this mission. Our thoughts and wishes are heading out with this spacecraft travelling beyond the Voyager missions to this new frontier. The timing of this mission could not have been better, Pluto will gain new status, mankind new knowledge.
Just the thought that my name is aboard New Horizons, and that together, we are halfway on our trip to Pluto ... WOW, I can hardly wait! (But not to worry; I'm very patient.) I look up at the sky at night and know I'm a part of it, not just a spectator.
New York, New York, USA
I am on the mailing list for New Horizons E-News and so have avidly followed its progress from before the launch to now. I shall be 78 when the spacecraft reaches Pluto but I am as enthusiastic as any schoolboy about the achievements of the mission team.
Downham Market, United Kingdom
Pluto is one of my favorite planets. Ever since I was a kid and heard people speak of “that new planet they just discovered," Pluto has always held a special fascination for me. I'm an ardent supporter of the planet Pluto and lobby for its reinstatement as a full-fledged planet and member in good standing of our solar system entitled to full rights and benefits.
I regularly follow and take notes of New Horizons' progress. I will be 77 when the mission is completed. I hope to one day walk into a bookstore and buy a book about Pluto as I recently did about the moon and Mars.
February 18, 2010, is the 80th anniversary of Pluto's discovery. I'm sending greeting cards to my friends to wish them "Happy Pluto Day!"
Robert F. Brown
Orleans, Massachusetts, USA
My husband and I were there for the launch of New Horizons, and we will be there for the much anticipated and exciting arrival. We are honored that our names are also on the way to Pluto. Thank you.
Otwell, Indiana, USA
I grew up with Pluto as the ninth planet. I hope this mission brings at least the sentiment that they rename it a planet. It's exciting to finally see it up close to study the features or lack of.
The data from this ground-breaking mission will show once and for all that Pluto is a planet! Being a different kind of planet does not mean it is not a planet at all. Kudos to Dr. Alan Stern for fighting for this mission and standing firm on Pluto's planet status. I regret not having made it in time to get my name on the DVD to my favorite planet. At the same time, I celebrate the fact that the flyby will occur four days after my birthday in 2015. The Pluto issue has renewed my interest in astronomy to the point that I am back in graduate school taking astronomy classes.
Highland Park, New Jersey, USA
I supported the Pluto Kuiper Express and am delighted new Horizons is on its way. Great innovations in the mission and wonderful seeing the Jupiter images. Now we have to be really patient. I count the days ’til we get the first images of Pluto and then the KBO too if all goes well. Go New Horizons!
The Earl of Kimberley
I hope that with the recent budget cuts that NASA is scheduled to receive, New Horizons will be able to survive and complete the mission that it was funded to do.
Franklin, Virginia, USA
I am counting down the days and weeks of each year, following the New Horizons spacecraft as it gets nearer and nearer to destination Pluto! I am excited by the possibility that we will actually be able to see for the first time the actual surfaces of Pluto and Charon in detail and discover what these two bodies are made of. It will be a fascinating next step to learning more about the Kuiper Belt and our solar system.
Penzance, Cornwall, England
I'm really excited that New Horizons is in space and bringing back new knowledge of space for everyone. I can't wait until July 2015! Hopefully once New Horizons reaches Pluto, it will help reinstate it as a planet. I hope it finds evidence supporting that it is a planet! I love Pluto!
New Horizons is now closer to Pluto than the sun. Another inchstone (not to be confused with milestone).
Every day I think about the brave machines we sent to outer space and the brave and bold people who made it come to be. Pioneer, Voyagers and now New Horizons, what wonders will they find on their lonely quest for the unknown. May God bless our missions and watch over them for all eternity.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA