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Clyde Tombaugh craft sends back another picture of Pluto

Posted by wlpo on October 28, 2016

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – A spacecraft carrying remains of Streator’s Clyde Tombaugh has sent back the last bit of data from its 2015 flyby of Pluto.

The picture – one of a sequence of shots of Pluto and its big moon, Charon – arrived earlier this week at Mission Control in Maryland. It took more than five hours for the image to reach Earth from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, some 3 billion miles away.

New Horizons swooped past Pluto on July 14, 2015. It’s now headed to another small, icy world in the far reaches of the solar system.

Tombaugh is credited with discovering Pluto.

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