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NOVA: Chasing Pluto

Technicians at NASA Kennedy Space Center install the radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) onto the New Horizons spacecraft.
Technicians at NASA Kennedy Space Center install the radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) onto the New Horizons spacecraft.

Airs Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Explore the science behind the headlines in PBS’ premier science series. With compelling stories and spectacular visuals, NOVA programs demystify science and technology for viewers of all ages and spotlight people involved in scientific pursuits.

My Dad Discovered Pluto

How did Clyde Tombaugh go from baling hay to finding Pluto? In this interactive feature, see family photos and hear his son Alden reflect.

"Chasing Pluto" - NOVA captures New Horizons' historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.

Visit NASA's website to view a gallery of the Pluto flyby. NASA is on Facebook, and you can follow @NASANewHorizons on Twitter.

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