The sequence of shots of Pluto and its big moon, Charon, took more than five hours for to reach Mission Control in Maryland from New Horizons, some three billion miles away
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28 of October 2016 13:52:20
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the last bit of data from its 2015 flyby of Pluto. New Horizons swooped past Pluto on July 14, 2015. It's now headed to an even smaller, frozen orb in the far reaches of the solar system. That close encounter is targeted for 2019.Mission managers opted to save all the Pluto data on New Horizons' digital recorders, in order to maximize observing time. Only the highest priority sets of information were sent back in the days before and after the flyby, providing humanity's first up-close look at Pluto. It wasn't until September 2015 when the real data transmission began.