Pluto calling: why don't you stop by for a visit?

Today the New Horizons spacecraft launches for it's 9 year cruise through the solar system to Pluto, the only planet in our Solar System to have not yet been visited by Earth spacecraft. It then spins its way out to the Kuiper belt.
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Check out the launch timeline which occurs today at 1:24pm EST (18:24 GMT). There is a webcam to watch the excitement. Just don't stand too close, that thars plootoneeum in thar. And in case you didn't know, the spacecraft is spending precious mass to carry along a couple of items: 430,000 names (submitted via the website), a piece of Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne, and an American flag among other mementos.

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