New Horizons crosses Neptune’s orbit, sets sights on Pluto

August 26, 2014 1:05 PM

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The small spacecraft reaches Neptune’s orbit in record time.

It’s a big day for NASA. On August 25, 1989, the Voyager 2 spacecraft first reached Neptune’s orbit, some 2.75 billion miles from Earth. Now, NASA celebrates an anniversary milestone: The piano-sized New Horizons craft has reached Neptune’s orbit exactly 25 years later – and in record time, to boot....

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