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Spacecraft carrying ashes of Clyde Tombaugh moves closer to Pluto

Posted by wlpo on July 13, 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Come Tuesday, Streator’s most famous son Clyde Tombaugh will pass within 7,800 miles of the icy world he discovered 85 years ago.

His ashes are flying on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on humanity’s first journey to Pluto. New Horizons also is carrying a 1991 U.S. postage stamp that’s about to become obsolete, since it says “Pluto Not Yet Explored.”

Pluto was also the ninth planet in our solar system when New Horizons rocketed away from Cape Canaveral in 2006. It was demoted to a dwarf planet seven months later.

Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930. Streator has declared this to be the “Year of Pluto”.

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