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After NASA's Successful Pluto Flyby, Scientists Await New Data

After almost a decade in space, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has successfully completed the first-ever flyby of Pluto.

Eager scientists and space enthusiasts erupted with joy just after 9 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday when the probe beamed its status back to mission operations at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland. Now comes a stream of images and new data about the dwarf planet and its moons.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel.

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New Horizons has obtained impressive new images of Pluto and its large moon Charon that highlight their compositional diversity. (NASA/APL/SwRI)
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New Horizons has obtained impressive new images of Pluto and its large moon Charon that highlight their compositional diversity. (NASA/APL/SwRI)