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Space like you’ve never seen before: New photos from visit to Pluto

Space like you’ve never seen before: New photos from visit to Pluto
photo courtesy of SHUTTERSTOCK

I hope you haven't forgotten about Pluto since it was demoted from planet to a dwarf planet back in 2006. These scientists certainly haven't.

Launched in January of 2006, the New Horizons space probe is nearly done with its years-long trip to Pluto and it's starting to send back images of the mysterious dwarf planet.

The photographs I'm about to show you were taken last month, but were just released this week to celebrate Clyde Tombaugh's birthday, who discovered Pluto in 1930. He died at age 90 in 1997.

"This is our birthday tribute to Professor Tombaugh and the Tombaugh family, in honor of his discovery and life achievements, which truly became a harbinger of 21st century planetary astronomy," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said in a statement.

Next page: Click here to see the first images and what we can expect from future images.
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