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At last, NASA's spacecraft bound for Pluto starts collecting data
At last, NASA's spacecraft bound for Pluto starts collecting data

Let the data collection begin! NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has finally started the first science phase of its mission to get up close and personal with the dwarf planet Pluto. The journey has been epic -- 9.5 years across more than 3 billion miles of space -- the longest distance to a primary target that any spacecraft has ever flown. This week, instruments aboard New Horizons began measuring the dust and charged particles in Pluto's environment, and in just a few days, the spacecraft will start photographing the dwarf planet using a long-range lens. The images will provide the New Horizons team with more information about the dynamics between Pluto and its five known...

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