NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is awake and almost ready to change our view of Pluto forever

Next year is going to be an exciting one in space exploration. On Dec. 6, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft woke up from hibernation more than 2.9 billion miles away from Earth. That puts it just over 162 million miles from Pluto, the focus of its mission — the very last planet in our solar system to be visited by a spacecraft.

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