Beyond a Comet, Pluto Looms

November 18, 2014 11:42 PM

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Last week we all marveled at the historic first landing on the surface of a comet as Philae, dispatched from the Rosetta spacecraft, began science operations on a slowly warming comet (before going into indefinite hibernation for lack of sunlight).

Now further excitement awaits for Solar System research: The New Horizons spacecraft, en route to Pluto and its system of moons since 2006, will reach a critical milestone on December 6. On that day the spacecraft, set to be the first to explore the distant planet -- or dwarf planet, depending on yo...

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