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Chasing Pluto airs on WUCF Wednesday. Learn more about the misison to Pluto.

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Earlier today, July 14, 2015, history was made as the New Horizons spacecraft, one of the most advanced ever built, flew by Pluto to take the very first detailed images of the dwarf planet.

After nine years and 3 billion miles, we're finally getting a close look at this strange, icy world.

New Horizons is poised to make dramatic new discoveries, not just about Pluto, but about the vast realm of icy bodies lurking beyond Neptune, relics of the earliest days of the solar system’s formation. Back on Earth, the planetary scientists who have spent decades working on this mission have been anxiously awaiting a signal from their spacecraft.

Our cameras were there to witness this historic moment.

Join NOVA on Wednesday, July 15 at 9 p.m. for Chasing Pluto, on WUCF TV to learn more about what went into this historic mission.