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ALMA pinpoints Pluto to help guide NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft

August 5, 2014

cold surface of Pluto and its largest moon Charon Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) are making high-precision measurements of Pluto's location and orbit around the sun to help NASA's New Horizons spacecraft accurately home in on its target when it nears Pluto and its five known moons in July 2015. Full Story

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