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Packed safely in a custom-built, pressurized shipping container, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is loaded into a C-17 cargo plane at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. , for the flight to Kennedy Space Center , Fla. , on Sept. 23. The spacecraft arrived at KSC early the next morning, and is undergoing final preparations for its scheduled January 2006 launch toward Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

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