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New Horizons at Pluto

Artist's concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, in July 2015. The craft's miniature cameras, radio science experiment, ultraviolet and infrared spectrometers and space plasma experiments will characterize the global geology and geomorphology of Pluto and Charon, map their surface compositions and temperatures, and examine Pluto's atmosphere in detail. The spacecraft's most prominent design feature is a nearly 7-foot (2.1-meter) dish antenna, through which it will communicate with Earth from as far as 4.7 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) away.

NASA Identifier: PLAN-PIA10075



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Date Taken:10.14.2009

Date Posted:10.10.2012 11:53

Photo ID:688327

Resolution:1536x1536

Size:280.5 KB

Location:WASHINGTON, DC, USGlobe

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