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….and here’s the first high-res image of Pluto

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Pluto

In the NASA press conference running right now, they released the first high-res image of Pluto.  So without further ado…

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More images will arrive tomorrow through the end of the year.

New Horizons is an interplanetary space probe that was launched on January 19, 2006, as part of NASA’s New Frontiers program. Built by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), with a team led by S. Alan Stern, the spacecraft was launched to study Pluto, its moons and the Kuiper Belt, performing flybys of the Pluto system and one or more Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs).