Pluto Will Get Closest Ever Look Thanks to NASA Spacecraft

July 13, 2015 - On July 14, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly within roughly 8,000 miles (12,875 kilometers) of Pluto, moving at a speed of 30,000 miles (48,280 kilometers) an hour. The spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in January 2006, and will have traveled roughly three billion miles (4.8 billion kilometers) by the time it passes Pluto. The spacecraft will capture close-up, detailed images of Pluto and its moons before continuing into the farthest reaches of the solar system.

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Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory