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NASA spacecraft to be full of 'dazzling' data after Pluto flyby

Sharon Gaudin | July 16, 2015
After a journey of nine years and 3 billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft re-established contact with NASA and was furiously collecting data and what are expected to be "dazzling" images of the dwarf planet Pluto.

Alice Bowman, New Horizons' mission operations manager, received excited applause and cheers when she announced that the spacecraft's main computer system reported that the expected number of memory segments have been used. That information tells scientists that data about Pluto already has been collected.

"The spacecraft did exactly what it was supposed to do and the signal was there. It was great," said Bowman, who guided New Horizons across the solar system. "Right now, it's outbound from Pluto. It will be turning around and taking more images and spectra as it looks back at the planet."


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