New Horizons has communicated with mission control

All systems normal after flying within 7800 miles of Pluto; first images to be released tomorrow afternoon.  New Horizons is about three billion miles away from earth, and it took nine and a half years to get there (even radio signals take about 4 hours).

Saw lots of happy people at mission control tonight on the NASA video feed.

Flight Controllers celebrate after they received confirmation from the spacecraft that it had successfully completed the flyby of Pluto, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in the Mission Operations Center (MOC) of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Here’s what Pluto looked like at a distance of 476,000 miles: 


Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

More to come tomorrow!

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