Controllers at the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory are checking out NASA’s nuclear-powered New Horizons probe after a successful pre-programmed reactivation Saturday night, preparing for an unprecedented flyby of Pluto and its five known moons on July 14. At 9:53 p.m. EST on Dec. 6 the 70-meter Deep Space Network antenna at Canberra, Australia, received a signal from the 478-kg (1,050-lb.) spacecraft indicating that it had switched from hibernation to active ...

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