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Dwarf Planet Ahoy! Spacecraft Spies Pluto and Charon

astroengine (1577233) writes | about a year ago

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astroengine (1577233) writes "As NASA’s New Horizons probe powers through interplanetary space, it’s keeping a careful eye forward, watching its target gradually loom larger on the proverbial celestial horizon. But earlier this month the spacecraft spotted something right next to Pluto — a pixelated Charon, the dwarf planet’s largest moon. “The image itself might not look very impressive to the untrained eye, but compared to the discovery images of Charon from Earth, these ‘discovery’ images from New Horizons look great!” said New Horizons Project Scientist Hal Weaver, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD. “We’re very excited to see Pluto and Charon as separate objects for the first time from New Horizons.”"
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