New Horizons Phones Home From Pluto

New Horizons, the NASA spacecraft giving humanity its first up-close look at Pluto, has survived its 3 billion-mile journey and phoned home to confirm its survival. Confirmation of mission success came around 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, around 13 hours after the flyby. The spacecraft flew within 7,700 miles of Pluto at 31,000 mph and beamed back images that showed an “extraordinarily interesting and complex world,” said John Grunsfeld, head of NASA’s science mission directorate. More photos from the encounter will become available Wednesday.