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Pluto close-up: Craft makes flyby of icy worldWe've made it to Pluto by NASA's calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making.That's because NASA wants New Horizons taking pictures of Pluto, its jumbo moon Charon and its four little moons during this critical time, not communicating with Earth.Pluto was No. 9 in the lineup when New Horizons departed Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Jan. 19, 2006, but was demoted seven months later to dwarf status.New Horizons already has beamed back the best-ever images of Pluto and big moon Charon.Pluto is now confirmed to be the largest object in the so-called Kuiper Belt, considered the third zone of the solar system after the inner rocky planets and outer gaseous ones.
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