Searching ‘New Horizons’—NASA Spacecraft Encounters Neptune on its Way to Pluto

August 26, 2014 11:45 PM

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Searching ‘New Horizons’—NASA Spacecraft Encounters Neptune on its Way to Pluto

Though a lot has changed in the view of once-planet Pluto since the launch of NASA's New Horizons in January of 2006, which has been on-course for the distant chunk of ice for nearly a decade, data received from the spacecraft earlier this month showed that New Horizons had traversed the planet Neptune's orbit and its famous moon Triton, in a record eight years and eight months. The news that broke yesterday, Aug. 25th arrived on the 25th anniversary of the historic encounter of NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft with Neptune that took place in 1989, when Earth had its first glimpse of the planet nearly 2.75 billion miles away.

Though a lot has changed in the view of once-planet Pluto since the launch of NASA's New Horizons in January of 2006, which has been on-course for the distant chunk of ice for nearly a decade, data received from the spacecraft earlier this month showed that New Horizons had traversed the planet Nep...

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