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A portrait from the New Horizons' final approach of Pluto and its moon Charon. Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

DIGEST [Wall Street Journal, NBC News, Washington Post]

After 9.5 years and $728 million spent, it came down to a few critical hours. That’s the timeframe in which NASA's New Horizons mission was either going to send back breathtaking images of Pluto from the farthest reaches of our solar system, or instead go unsettlingly silent as it passes by that enigmatic once-upon-a-planet, nearly 3 billion miles away.

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