On Monday, UCF students have an opportunity to attend a special Science Café to learn more about NASA's historic New Horizons mission to Pluto.

The mission was launched in 2006 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It is the first to explore at the solar systems edge.

This summer, it will be enduring a five month long reconnaissance flyby of Pluto and the planet's moons.

During the event, images from the spacecraft will be shown by Dr. Alan Stern, the chief scientific officer for the Florida Space Institution who is working with the Southwest Research Institute on the New Horizons project.

The images will show the spacecraft as it is preparing for an encounter with Pluto in mid-July, and the expected closest approach will be on July 14.

The special Science Café will be held in room 106 of Classroom Building 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

RSVP at the UCF College of Sciences website, or contact Jose Vazquez Perez at


Bridgette Norris is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @blogginbridge email her at

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