NASA's New Horizons probe begins Pluto observations

January 15, 2015 8:18 PM

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"New Horizons is on a journey to a new class of planets we’ve never seen, in a place we’ve never been before," said Hal Weaver.

Until last month, the New Horizons spacecraft had been in hibernation, sleeping to conserve energy as it careened towards the outer reaches of the solar system. But on December 5, 2014, it woke up, just as engineers had programmed it to do several months earlier.

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