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New Horizons mission nearing Pluto after nine years in space
New Horizons mission nearing Pluto after nine years in space

It took the spacecraft New Horizons, hurtling from Earth faster than any mission before it, a matter of hours to pass the moon's orbit and a year to reach Jupiter's gravity. Nine years into its journey, it's finally approaching its destination: Pluto. Much has changed since scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel conceived the mission a decade and a half ago. Astronomers found two more moons orbiting Pluto, observed changes in its thin atmosphere, and determined the distant object wasn't a planet, after all. But they expect those discoveries to pale compared to the observations New Horizons will record once they wake it from...

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