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Hopkins Spacecraft Breaks Record for Proximity to Pluto

December 2, 2011
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Hopkins Spacecraft Breaks Record for Proximity to Pluto

A probe made by Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory today is closer to Pluto than any other spacecraft in human history. The craft, called New Horizons, launched on Jan. 19, 2006. Since its launch, New Horizons has been traveling more than 621,000 miles a day on its way to the icy orbiter, which is...
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Happy Birthday, Pluto

January 21, 2011
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Happy Birthday, Pluto

Sunday marks the 71st 81st anniversary of the discovery of Pluto, located by late astronomer Clyde Tombaugh on Jan. 23, 1930. He found it by comparing a photographic plate taken that night with two others taken earlier in the month; the plate is now on display in the Exploring the Planets gallery at the...
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