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Spacecraft Hits Midpoint on Flight to Pluto

To Pluto With Postage: Nine Souvenirs Stow Away on NASA Probe
This artist's rendering depicts the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its moons in summer 2015. (Image credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI))

A NASA spacecraft speeding

On Thursday, NASA's New Horizons probe zoomed past the 1.48 billion-mile (2.39 billion-km) mark, completing half

"From here on out, we're

New Horizons has been billed

The spacecraft is headed to

Instead, it will record

Thursday's distance marker is

On Oct. 17, New Horizons

Pluto is an oddball world

New images of Pluto released earlier this month and taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

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