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This image released by NASA on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 shows a haze layer surrounding Pluto, photographed by the New Horizons spacecraft.  (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI via AP)

NASA's New Horizons finally sent back its last bit of data on Pluto

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NASA's New Horizons flew by Pluto in 2015. It finished its transmission earlier this week.

We have our pot of gold.
Alice Bowman, NASA missions operations manager

It took more than five hours for New Horizon's last photo to make the 3 billion-mile journey to Earth. Now it's heading for the Kuiper Belt, a region of icy comets and asteroids at the edge of our solar system. It should arrive by 2019. 

Who knows when the next data from a spacecraft visiting Pluto will be sent?
Alan Stern, principal scientist

All told, more than 50 gigabits of data were sent over New Horizons' 15-month journey. And it might be a long time until a similar mission is launched.

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