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Spotlight shining on Pluto on cold outskirts of solar system

FILE - In this 1931 file photo, Clyde Tombaugh poses with the telescope through which he discovered the Pluto at the Lowell Observatory on Observatory Hill in Flagstaff, Ariz. On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, carrying a small canister with his ashes, is scheduled to pass within 7,800 miles of Pluto which he discovered 85 years ago. (AP Photo)n

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The spotlight is bright enough to thaw even Pluto.

Well, not quite, but the tiny, icy world is getting front-page, prime-time attention as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zooms closer.

Tuesday morning’s 31,000-mph flyby — with closest approach at 7,767 miles — is expected to open up new ground on the last unexplored planetary territory of our solar system.

“Turning little dots, little points of light into planets,” is what New Horizons, on the road for 9

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