Hopkins scientists successfully wake up spacecraft bound for Pluto

December 8, 2014 9:36 PM

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About 10 p.m. Saturday, Champagne bottles were popped and cake cut at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory when scientists received word from a spacecraft 3 billion miles away.

They had successfully brought the New Horizons spacecraft out of hibernation for the last time as it nears the climax of a nearly decade-long journey to observe Pluto close up. Over the first half of 2015, it is expected to get the clearest view man has ever had of the distant dwarf planet.

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