<p>Our solar system's icy sentinel <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150715-pluto-flyby-photos-pictures-closeup-space/">finally came into focus</a> this week thanks to NASA's <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html">New Horizons</a>. The spacecraft came within 8,000 miles of Pluto on July 14, and the dwarf planet went from blurry blob to stunning snapshot.</p>
Pluto Through Time
Photographs by Clyde Tombaugh, Lowell Observatory; Alan Stern (Southwest Research Institute), Marc Buie (Lowell Observatory), NASA and ESA; Dr. R. Albrecht, ESA/ESO Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility, NASA; NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI Institute); NASA, ESA, and M. Buie (Southwest Research Institute); NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Our solar system's icy sentinel finally came into focus this week thanks to NASA's New Horizons. The spacecraft came within 8,000 miles of Pluto on July 14, and the dwarf planet went from blurry blob to stunning snapshot.
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