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People look at an early image of Pluto taken by the New Horizons probe as the craft makes its closest fly-by of the dwarf planet at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory July 14, 2015 in Laurel, Maryland. The unmanned NASA spacecraft whizzed by Pluto on July 14, making its closest approach in the climax of a decade-long journey to explore the dwarf planet for the first time, the US space agency said. Moving faster than any spacecraft ever built -- at a speed of about 30,800 miles per hour (49,570 kph) -- the flyby happened at 7:49 am (1149 GMT), with the probe running on auto-pilot. It was to pass by Pluto at a distance of 7,767 miles (12,500 kilometers). AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Getty Images

Spotlight Shining On Pluto

Well, not quite, but the tiny, icy world is getting front-page, prime-time attention for its first visit by a spacecraft — NASA’s New Horizons.

CBS Seattle–07/14/2015

(Photo credit: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)

NASA Picks Boeing And SpaceX To Ferry Astronauts

On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years

CBS Seattle–09/16/2014

Geothermal activity can be generated by the gravitational pull of a planetary companion. (Lynette Cook/NASA/Getty Images)

Study: Alien Planets Could Host Life For Up To 10 Trillion Years

Geothermal activity can be generated by the gravitational pull of a planetary companion.

CBS Seattle–08/12/2014

NASA's Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope took this picture June 26, 2003 of Mars. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)

Anthropologist: Space Colonies Should Have At Least 40,000 People

Based on terrestrial population studies, an Oregon scientist says 40,000 men and women would be the ideal number to start an extraterrestrial colony.

CBS Seattle–07/28/2014

Map of the microwave background radiation left over from the Big Bang. (Getty Images)

Astronomers Detect Beginning Of The Big Bang

Researchers have found evidence of an incredibly rapid expansion of the universe a mere fraction of a second after the Big Bang.

03/17/2014

Astronomers using the orbiting Keppler telescope say they have recently discovered 715 new exoplanets. (Getty Images)

NASA Announces ‘Mother Lode’ Of New Planets

Astronomers say they have discovered 715 new extrasolar planets.

CBS Seattle–02/27/2014

China's "Jade Rabbit" moon rover is shut down for the lunar night, which lasts 14 Earth days. (Getty Images)

Fans Of Chinese Lunar Rover Await News

Rover’s final message before going into hibernation, “Goodnight Earth. Goodnight humanity.”

01/31/2014

NASA image of  the remnants of supernova 1987A. (Getty Images)

New Supernova Could Help Scientists Understand Secrets Of The Universe

Closest supernova since 1987 could reveal clues about the origin of the universe.

01/23/2014