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The Long, Strange Trip to Pluto, and How Nasa Nearly Missed It

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New Horizons test, 2005

Engineers put New Horizons through a spin test in June 2005 at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

Credit: Michael Soluri

Planetary scientists are coloring in the family portrait of our solar system as close-up photographs and observations stream back from Pluto, a world three billion miles away with towering mountains of ice, vast smooth plains and many mysteries yet to be revealed.

From The New York Times
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