NASA's New Horizons Beams Back Fresh Images Of Pluto And Charon

February 5, 2015 12:18 PM

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NASA's New Horizons Beams Back Fresh Images Of Pluto And Charon

NASA’s New Horizons, which is scheduled to have its closest encounter with Pluto in July, has beamed back fresh images of the distant dwarf planet. The images, which show Pluto and its largest moon Charon, were released by NASA on Wednesday to coincide with the 109th birth anniversary of Clyde Tombaugh, an American astronomer who discovered the icy world in 1930.

“My dad would be thrilled with New Horizons,” Annette Tombaugh, Clyde’s daughter, reportedly said. “To actually see the planet that he had discovered, and find out more about it -- to get to see the moons of Pluto -- he would have been astounded.”

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