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How NASA beams Pluto images 3 billion miles to Earth

Spanning three continents, the Deep Space Network hears all

  • Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015, when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface.

  • The 70m antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California, is seen in this undated NASA image.

  • Construction work on the 70m antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California, is seen in this undated NASA image.

  • The 70m antenna of NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California, is seen in this undated NASA image.

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