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NASA probe set to make history at Pluto

It’s travelled more than nine years to get there and it will only stay a few hours, but a small space probe already is revolutionizing the way we look at Pluto.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will be approximately 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometres) from Pluto’s surface at 7:49 a.m. ET on July 14 — Tuesday — becoming the first spacecraft to do a flyby of the icy world.It also will pass about 17,000 miles from Pluto’s largest moon, Charon.”The data is going to start raining down from the sky,” Alan Stern, the mission’s principal investigator told in a phone interview.
The probe already is beaming back the best photos ever of Pluto and Charon.”Pluto and Charon are both mind blowing,” Stern said. “I think that the biggest surprise is the complexity we’re seeing in both objects.”
New Horizons will be travelling about 31,000 miles per hour (14 kilometres per second) during the main encounter, which will last about eight to 10 hours, NASA says.
The mission will complete what NASA calls the reconnaissance of the classical solar system, and it makes the U.S. the first nation to send a space probe to every planet from Mercury to Pluto. The probe has travelled more than 3 billion miles to reach Pluto.
By: Teennews1 Network Team

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