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Watch History LIVE: NASA’s Three-Billion-Mile Journey Reaches Pluto

14 Jul 2015, 9:49 am

therealplutoAt approximately 7:49 a.m.EDT, New Horizons is scheduled to be as close as the spacecraft will get to Pluto, approximately 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) above the surface, after a journey of more than nine years and three billion miles. For much of the day, New Horizons will be out of communication with mission control as it gathers data about Pluto and its moons.

The moment of closest approach will be marked during the live NASA TV broadcast that includes a countdown and discussion of what’s expected next as New Horizons makes its way past Pluto and potentially dangerous debris.

“We are only a few hours away from seeing the final approach images from New Horizon’s ‪#‎PlutoFlyby‬! Meantime, get up to speed on all things Pluto.Instrument scientist Dennis Reuter answers questions about Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, and the Ralph infrared and visible spectrometer.” NASA Goddard

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We are only a few hours away from seeing the final approach images from New Horizon's #PlutoFlyby! Meantime, get up to speed on all things Pluto.Instrument scientist Dennis Reuter answers questions about Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, and the Ralph infrared and visible spectrometer.

Posted by NASA Goddard on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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