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Stephen Hawking, President Obama and more react to New Horizons' Pluto flyby

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft – which launched back in 2006 – sent back captured images of Pluto on Tuesday, providing the best pictures of the dwarf planet’s surface to date. The achievement was met with wonder and excitement, as celebrities and space enthusiasts alike took to social media to share in the historic event.  

President Barack Obama weighed in on Pluto’s “first visitor,” calling the flyby a “great day for discovery and American leadership.” Check out the social media reaction below, with even more images from spacecraft available here as they continue to trickle in. 

 

Stephen Hawking NASA Statement

I would like to congratulate the New Horizons team and NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration for their historic flyby of Pluto. The culmination of a decade long mission, I can’t wait to see what new information the New Horizons spacecraftwill reveal about our distant relative. - SH

Posted by Stephen Hawking on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Thank you NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration for making #PlutoFlyby on Bastille Day https://youtu.be/8s0XVv6jffk

Posted by Bastille on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It’s been over 9 years and 3 billion miles, but we did it! Here is an in-depth look into the amazing and historic New…

Posted by George Takei on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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