NASA New Horizons Spacecraft Gears Up for Its Flyby of Tiny Pluto (VIDEO)

January 16, 2015 12:09 PM

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has begun its long-anticipated historic encounter with the tiny Pluto. Now, researchers have announced that the spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate on July 14 with the first ever close-up flyby of the dwarf planet, which is located 4.67 billion miles from Earth.

"NASA first mission to distant Pluto will also be humankind's first close up view of this cold, unexplored world in our solar system," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, in a news release. "The New horizons team worked very hard to prepare for this first phase, and they d...

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