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we're in luck with telemetry with the spacecraft nnnnn matters new horizon space probe still alive after a pluto flyby on tuesday the sum of half a century of exploring the solar system scientists in maryland were thrilled to hear the probes call after nine and a half years of flight there wasn't any scientific data in the message home new horizons just told nasa that it was doing okay a radio signal from so far away it took four and a half hours to get back to earth tuesday morning the world got its first complex view of the former planet now reclassified as a dwarf planet as the spacecraft passed by it's much more complex and larger than scientists expected read like mars with dark spots facing its moon charon it'll take around sixteen months for new horizon to transmit all the data and images taken during this historic fly by by then it'll be further on its epic journey into the kuiper belt the icy band of the breed that frames everything orbiting the sun