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New Horizons space probe reaches Pluto

NASA’s space craft is closing in on Pluto and is beginning to take its first pictures:

New Horizons is aiming its Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) telescope at Pluto to help navigate the final 135 million miles (220 kilometers) of its 3 billion mile journey.

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NASA's New Horizons starts observing Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons space probe has been on its way to Pluto since its launch in January 2006, and NASA has recently announced that it has started its “approach phase”. 381 more words

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In Defense of Pluto

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) stripped Pluto of its title of the Solar System’s ninth planet. Pluto would henceforth be classified as a “dwarf planet” because it had not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit. 401 more words

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NASA spacecraft zeroes in on Pluto. Post #156.

Source:  Los Angeles Times (TNS), 26 January 2015.

Reporter:  Deborah Netburn.

Summary:  After traveling nine years across more than 3 billion miles of deep space, a… 437 more words

New Horizons Begins to Take Pictures of Pluto

The New Horizons space probe, launched in 2006, has now come close enough Pluto to start snapping pictures of the dwarf planet. According to Mike Buckley, of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, “with the spacecraft still approximately 130 million miles from Pluto, the pictures will be distant.” 44 more words

Astronomy

Close encounter with distant Pluto getting under way - CNN.com

“NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on Pluto and its five moons. Soon we will see what no one has ever seen before: Crisp, clear pictures of the tiny, icy world. 507 more words

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