New Horizons crosses paths with Neptune on way to Pluto

August 26, 2014 9:06 PM

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New Horizons crosses paths with Neptune on way to Pluto

In an unusual coincidence, the Pluto-bound New Horizons probe, now 2.75 billion miles from Earth, crossed the orbit of Neptune on August 25, 2014, 25 years to the day of Voyager 2′s closest flyby of the Neptune system.

NASA celebrated both missions with a two-hour media event featuring two panel discussions, one by the New Horizons team, who speculated about what might be seen at Pluto next year, and the other by members of both mission teams, who compared their experiences exploring new worlds in 1989 and today.

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