NASA probe nearing close encounter with unexplored Pluto

April 15, 2015 6:16 PM

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NASA probe nearing close encounter with unexplored Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The first spacecraft to visit distant Pluto, a dwarf planet in the solar system’s frozen backyard, is still three months away from a close encounter, but already in viewing range, newly released photos show.

The New Horizons probe blasted off from Florida in January 2006 for a 3-billion-mile (5-billion-km) journey to the Kuiper Belt region of the solar system located beyond Neptune.

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