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NASA's rocket nears Pluto, carrying ashes of Illinois-born discoverer

NASA's rocket nears Pluto, carrying ashes of Illinois-born discoverer

The world will watch as the New Horizons rocket flies by Pluto Tuesday. But the best view belongs to Clyde Tombaugh. And rightly so. Tombaugh, the unassuming farm kid from Illinois who discovered the now-dwarf planet back in 1930, has been along for the 3.5 billion-mile ride in spirit and in person. Some of his ashes, a trace amount of his mortal self, are encased in a capsule onboard the spacecraft. NASA launched New Horizons 9 1/2years ago. It is on target to reach its destination around 6:50 a.m. July 14 and fulfill its mission to capture never-before seen images of one of the universe's most mysterious objects. Already the information coming in is monumental. Whether or...

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