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NASA's New Horizons will capture world's 1st clear images of Pluto

On July 14, the NASA's New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to visit the dwarf planet, one of the loneliest places at the outermost edge of our solar system.

Launched in 2006, the spacecraft is in the final leg of its 4.8 billion kilometre journey

An artist's rendition of Pluto and Charon. The probe has been barreling toward the dwarf planet and its primary moon since January 2006, but suffered a glitch on Saturday. (Photo Researchers RM/Getty Images)

It's one of the most anticipated summer events for scientists around the world: the first flyby of Pluto.  

On July 14, NASA's New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to visit the dwarf planet, one of the most mysterious places in our solar system.

Pluto is so far away (4.8 billion kilometres) and so small (about two-thirds the size of Earth's moon) that even our most powerful telescopes haven't been able to capture it as anything more than a pixelated blob. 

This mission, which will be mankind's closest encounter with Pluto, is about to change all of that.

For more on this, watch the full video below with Johanna Wagstaffe on Our Vancouver.

New images of Pluto and a moon have scientists buzzing 2:32

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