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Members of the New Horizons science team react to seeing the spacecraft's last and sharpest image of Pluto before closest approach later in the day, Tuesday at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was on track to zoom within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto on Tuesday. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
Members of the New Horizons science team react to seeing the spacecraft's last and sharpest image of Pluto before closest approach later in the day, Tuesday at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was on track to zoom within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto on Tuesday. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

Triumph for NASA, Hopkins: Spacecraft’s Pluto flyby confirmed

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — It's official: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has gotten humanity's first up-close look at Pluto, The spacecraft sent word of its triumph Tuesday across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home. Confirmation of mission success came 13 hours after the actual flyby. Early indications had been encouraging, and a cheering, flag-waving celebration swept ...

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