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Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured this near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto’s horizon. Photo: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Space

The great Pluto debate reignites once more


Back in 2006, a science organization changed the classification of Pluto as a planet, sparking a debate in both the astronomical community and pop culture. More than 15 years later, a new paper is reigniting that debate.
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Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015 when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles from the surface. Photo: NASA/APL/SwRI
Intersection

New Horizons Reaches Pluto In Historic Planetary Discovery


After almost a decade, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest pass to Pluto. The deep space probe will survey the surface of the icy dwarf-planet and send back photos never before seen. Intersection’s Brendan Byrne talks with the mission’s principal investigator Doctor Alan Stern about the mission.
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Space

New Horizons Makes Closest Pluto Flyby


NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is making its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday morning. The deep space probe will survey the surface of the icy dwarf-planet and send back photos never before seen.
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