New Horizons awake for Pluto encounter

December 8, 2014 11:56 PM

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Speeding through the outer solar system after a nine-year trek from Earth, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is awake and preparing for an encounter next summer with Pluto.

The probe’s mission control center in Maryland received signals from New Horizons at 9:53 p.m. EST Saturday (0253 GMT Sunday), confirming the spacecraft was active after rousing itself from hibernation more than 2.9 billion miles from Earth.

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