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A Guide to the Pluto Flyby Success

NASA’s New Horizons’ close approach to the last of the original set of nine planets in our solar system is yielding a bounty of surprising planetary science

Pluto Mission Finally Calls Home

At 8:52 P.M. Eastern time, July 14, 2015, an all's-well signal from the New Horizons spacecraft finished its 4.5-hour, three-billion-mile trip from near Pluto through the solar system to alert mission control on Earth that it was in working order and had succeeded in gathering data  ...

July 15, 2015 — Steve Mirsky

Good-Bye Pluto, Thanks for Everything

Although we've only just begun to see the scientific return from NASA's New Horizons mission and its close encounter with the Pluto–Charon system, this has been an unexpectedly profound human endeavor...

July 15, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Pluto Flyby Already Inspiring Artists

As the probe whizzes past, paint is already being dabbed, splattered and scumbled. The Pluto flyby is astounding everyone including artists. Here are a few works of #sciart that really stood out to me on Twitter, marking this historic event and the images from the NASA team and the New Horizons probe...

July 14, 2015 — Glendon Mellow

At Pluto, the End of a Beginning

Early this morning, if all has gone well, the first golden age of interplanetary exploration will have come to a close

July 14, 2015 — Lee Billings
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