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PICS: NASA Employees Celebrate New Horizons' Epic Flyby

Tech | Associated Press | January 3, 2019, 2:49 pm
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 New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern celebrates with school children at the exact moment that the New Horizons spacecraft made the closest approach of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. (Image: AP)

New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern celebrates with school children at the exact moment that the New Horizons spacecraft made the closest approach of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. (Image: AP)

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 A new image of Ultima Thule is displayed during a press conference after the New Horizons team received confirmation from the spacecraft has completed a flyby of Ultima Thule. (Image: AP)

A new image of Ultima Thule is displayed during a press conference after the New Horizons team received confirmation from the spacecraft has completed a flyby of Ultima Thule. (Image: AP)

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 New Horizons project scientist Hal Weaver speaks about new data received from the New Horizons spacecraft during a press conference after the team received confirmation from the spacecraft. (Image: AP)

New Horizons project scientist Hal Weaver speaks about new data received from the New Horizons spacecraft during a press conference after the team received confirmation from the spacecraft. (Image: AP)

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 New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern celebrates with other mission team members after they received signals from the New Horizons spacecraft that it is healthy and collected data. (Image: AP)

New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern celebrates with other mission team members after they received signals from the New Horizons spacecraft that it is healthy and collected data. (Image: AP)

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 Guests applaud New Horizons team members after they received signals from the New Horizons spacecraft that it is healthy and it collected data during a fly-by of Ultima Thule at the Mission Operations Center at the APL in Laurel, Md. The spacecraft survived a journey to near the tiny, icy object called Ultima Thule, about 4 billion miles from Earth. (Image: AP)

Guests applaud New Horizons team members after they received signals from the New Horizons spacecraft that it is healthy and it collected data during a fly-by of Ultima Thule at the Mission Operations Center at the APL in Laurel, Md. The spacecraft survived a journey to near the tiny, icy object called Ultima Thule, about 4 billion miles from Earth. (Image: AP)

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 Alan Stern gives a high-five to New Horizons mission operations manager Alice Bowman after the team received signals from the spacecraft. (Image: AP)

Alan Stern gives a high-five to New Horizons mission operations manager Alice Bowman after the team received signals from the spacecraft. (Image: AP)

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 New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute, speaks during an overview of the New Horizons Mission. (Image: AP)

New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute, speaks during an overview of the New Horizons Mission. (Image: AP)

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 New Horizons team members and guests watch a live feed of the Mission Operations Center (MOC). (Image: AP)

New Horizons team members and guests watch a live feed of the Mission Operations Center (MOC). (Image: AP)

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 Alan Stern speaks about the New Horizons spacecraft during a press conference after the team received confirmation from the spacecraft that it has completed a flyby of Ultima Thule at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. (Image: AP)

Alan Stern speaks about the New Horizons spacecraft during a press conference after the team received confirmation from the spacecraft that it has completed a flyby of Ultima Thule at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. (Image: AP)

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 Alan Stern, Helene Winters, Fred Pelletier and New Horizons co-investigator John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute are seen during a press conference prior to the flyby of Ultima Thule by the New Horizons spacecraft. (Image: AP)

Alan Stern, Helene Winters, Fred Pelletier and New Horizons co-investigator John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute are seen during a press conference prior to the flyby of Ultima Thule by the New Horizons spacecraft. (Image: AP)

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 New Horizons co-investigator John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute speaks during a press conference prior to the flyby of Ultima Thule. (Image: AP)

New Horizons co-investigator John Spencer of the Southwest Research Institute speaks during a press conference prior to the flyby of Ultima Thule. (Image: AP)

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 New Horizons project scientist Hal Weaver, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, speaks about new data received from the New Horizons spacecraft during a press conference. (Image: AP)

New Horizons project scientist Hal Weaver, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, speaks about new data received from the New Horizons spacecraft during a press conference. (Image: AP)

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