She is safe and well and outbound from the Plutonian system. There were cheers. The exploration of our solar neighborhood continues, quietly but beautifully. Godspeed, small craft.


Laurel, Maryland (CNN)NASA has re-established contact with its New Horizons spacecraft after a planned communications blackout as the probe completes humankind’s first flyby of Pluto.

Mission managers who were packed into the New Horizons “mission control” room anxiously waiting to hear from the spacecraft broke into applause.