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Hopkins scientists successfully wake up spacecraft bound for Pluto
Hopkins scientists successfully wake up spacecraft bound for Pluto

About 10 p.m. Saturday, Champagne bottles were popped and cake cut at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory when scientists received word from a spacecraft 3 billion miles away. They had successfully brought the New Horizons spacecraft out of hibernation for the last time as it nears the climax of a nearly decade-long journey to observe Pluto close up. Over the first half of 2015, it is expected to get the clearest view man has ever had of the distant dwarf planet. "We are so very looking forward to turning this very fuzzy little image of a distant planet into something real," said Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute, the principal investigator of the New...

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