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Thursday, July 16, 2015


New Horizons Emerges Unscathed from Pluto Flyby

Though the dwarf planet is now behind it, the spacecraft’s science returns are only just beginning

Pluto and Charon.

Credit: NASA
APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY, Laurel, Md.—At 8:52 P.M. Eastern time, the New Horizons control center here received radio confirmation that the space probe had made—and survived—its closest approach to Pluto, passing 12,500 kilometers above the planet’s sunlit hemisphere.* The transmission was the first since 11:30 P.M. ET last night, ending a radio silence imposed so that the spacecraft could avoid interrupting its observations./.../

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