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It’s Official! New Horizons Completes Successful Flyby Of Pluto

15 Jul 2015, 04:33 UTC
It’s Official! New Horizons Completes Successful Flyby Of Pluto
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New Horizons “phones home” following successful Pluto flyby.

In a journey nearly a decade in the marking, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft successfully completed its historic flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. Mission controllers received a signal from the spacecraft indicating it was healthy and completed its scheduled science observations at 8:52:37 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 14.

“Following in the footsteps of planetary exploration missions such as Mariner, Pioneer and Voyager, New Horizons has triumphed at Pluto,” New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern said at a press conference following reception of the signal. “The New Horizons flyby completes the first era of planetary reconnaissance, a half century long endeavor that will forever be a legacy of our time.”

New Horizons Flight Controllers celebrate after receiving confirmation from the spacecraft that it had successfully completed the flyby of Pluto, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Image Credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls

The spacecraft sent back engineering data reporting on the status of the spacecraft following its flyby of the Pluto system. The spacecraft reported it was healthy, had experienced no errors and was on its expected course. In addition to that, the amount of available memory space on the spacecraft following the flyby ...

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