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Spacecraft survives close Pluto flyby

By Agencies in Laurel, United States ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-07-16 07:52:41

An unmanned NASA spacecraft whizzed by Pluto on Tuesday and survived its close encounter with the distant dwarf planet after a journey of 4.8 billion kilometers and nearly 10 years.

Moving faster than any spacecraft ever built, at a speed of about 49,570 km per hour, the nuclear-powered New Horizons - about the size of a baby grand piano - snapped pictures of Pluto as it hurtled by on autopilot.

The photos will reveal details of Pluto never seen before in the history of space travel.

Spacecraft survives close Pluto flyby

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