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NASA New Horizons probe detects ‘polar cap’ on distant dwarf planet Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took images of bright and dark regions on Pluto’s surface during its close flyby in mid-July this year revealing broad surface markings including a bright area at one pole that may be a polar cap. “As we approach the Pluto system, we are starting to see intriguing features such as a bright region near Pluto’s visible ...

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NASA’s ‘New Horizons’ Gets Set to Wake up for Pluto Encounter

NASA’s Pluto-bound probe New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation for the last time next month in preparation for a six-month encounter, including a first-ever close flyby of the mysterious dwarf planet on July 14, 2015. Next month’s wake-up call was pre-programmed into New Horizons’ on-board computer in August, commanding it come out of hibernation Dec 6. Work on the ...

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