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Pluto Mission On Schedule

Just under eight days to the launch of New Horizons, the first spacecraft mission to Pluto. Everything looks good…

…except for that klunky mission name. “New Horizons”? Who ever came up with that should be put on board the darn thing and sent to the Kuiper Belt with it. Personally I would have named the spacecraft Wilson Tucker to honor the author–still alive at 90-plus last time I

looked– of one of the few decent sci-fi stories about Pluto.

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