Pluto-bound spacecraft to be woken from hibernation to start mission

December 6, 2014 5:37 PM

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Pluto-bound spacecraft to be woken from hibernation to start mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - After nine years and a journey of 3 billion miles (4.8 billion km), NASA's New Horizons robotic probe will be woken from hibernation to begin its unprecedented mission: the study of the icy dwarf planet Pluto and its home, the Kuiper Belt.

A pre-set alarm clock is due to rouse New Horizons from its electronic slumber at 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) on Saturday.

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