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Pluto: A Reminder of Why Space Is Important to Science on Earth

MIN READJul 18, 2015 | 13:33 GMT

An image from the New Horizons spacecraft, which passed within 7,800 miles of Pluto July 14, is shown during a NASA news conference July 15.
An image from the New Horizons spacecraft, which passed within 7,800 miles of Pluto July 14, is shown during a NASA news conference July 15.

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Research missions in space have long-term importance at the foundational level. The exploration of foundational science takes years to produce results. Yet its importance to countries with the ambition to continually advance technology and human knowledge is exemplified by New Horizons' journey and the information it will send back....

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