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NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Reaches Pluto After 3 Billion Mile Journey

After a decade hurtling through the solar system, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto on closest approach at 7:49 EDT this morning, some 7,750 miles above the surface. The Explorers Club was proud to host an event with the New Horizons team this past May, where Principal Investigator Alan Stern, Deputy Project Scientist Cathy Olkin, Co-Investigator Marc Buie, and Tiffany Finley of the Science Operations Team went over the mission itself and answered questions from our Membership. Click here to watch video from that event.

You can read more about the mission and view the official high resolution image of Pluto on NASA’s website, check out the New Horizons team reacting to the flyby on youtube, and be sure to follow NASA and New Horizons on twitter for updates as the historic mission data continues to come back to Earth—

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