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This July 13, 2015 image provided by NASA shows Pluto, seen from the New Horizons spacecraft. (NASA via AP)

NASA’s New Horizons: spacecraft completes Pluto flyby

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft which began its mission over 9 years ago, has finally completed its flyby, giving us the first closeup look of the dwarf planet.


In its first call home since Tuesday’s flyby, the spacecraft experienced no problems as it hurtled past the icy world at 14km/s (31,000mph).

The message took four hours 25 minutes to traverse 4.7 billion km of space.

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The signal came to a a satellite dish in Madrid, Spain.

“This is a tremendous moment in human history,” NASA’s science mission chief, John Grunsfeld said at a conference.

“Pluto just had its first visitor,” President Obama posted on Twitter. “Thanks NASA. It’s a great day for discovery and American leadership.”

 

Daniel Turner

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