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Tuesday 25 July 2017
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Mission of pluto

Mission of pluto

Data in its first call home since Tuesday’s flyby suggest the spacecraft experienced no upsets as it hurtled past the icy world at 14km/s,The signal came through a giant dish in Madrid, Spain – part of a Nasa network of communications antennas.The message took four hours and 25 minutes to traverse 4.7 billion km of space.

The tension mounted as scientists and engineers at mission headquarters in Laurel, Maryland, waited for telemetry information. So there was joy and relief when the signal was received at 01:52 BST; scientists and engineers cheered, hugged each other and waved American flags.

“We are in lock with telemetry from the spacecraft,” said mission operations manager Alice Bowman as confirmation was received.


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