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Pluto and Charon

Pluto and Charon, seen in an image taken July 3, show off the sides that will be facing away from New Horizons when it flies past on July 14. 


THE OTHER RED PLANET Pluto’s ruddy surface comes into view in a close-up taken on July 3, 12.5 million kilometers from the dwarf planet.

SPLASH ZONE  A periodically plunging planet causes these spiral waves in the belt of debris surrounding the star Beta Pictoris, as seen in this computer simulation.

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