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These false-color images of Kuiper Belt objects now occupy a place in history: Never before have images been captured as far from Earth as these. NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI hide caption

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Pluto's shoreline of Sputnik Planum is seen in the highest-resolution images yet to come from New Horizons. John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute says the details support the idea that the mountains "are huge ice blocks that have been jostled and tumbled and somehow transported to their present locations." NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI hide caption

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In the center left of Pluto's vast heart-shaped feature – informally named "Tombaugh Regio" — lies a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes. NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI hide caption

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On The Cold, Dead Fringes Of The Solar System, Pluto Looks Shockingly Lively

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An image of Pluto that was taken by New Horizons shortly before its flyby Tuesday shows a heart-shaped pattern on the planet's surface. NASA says Pluto "sent a love note back to Earth." NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute hide caption

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NASA Zooms In On Pluto, For Closest Views Yet

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Earth Gets A Close-Up View Of Its Most Distant Neighbors

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A portrait of Pluto (right) and its moon Charon in a colorized, composite image made July 11 during the final approach of the New Horizons spacecraft. Astronomers are eager to get a much closer view of the icy world Tuesday. NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI hide caption

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Planet Or Not, Icy Pluto To Finally Get Its Day In The Sun

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NASA's New Horizons mission will be the first ever to visit Pluto and its moons. This artist's conception shows the probe as it passes the dwarf planet. JHUAPL/SwRI hide caption

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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

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