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Here’s how to follow NASA’s Pluto flyby

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As NASA'S New Horizons spacecraft closes in on its Pluto flyby early Tuesday morning, stargazers interested in the historic mission can use a number apps to track it and even print out a 3D model of the spacecraft.

New Horizons , which launched on Jan. 19, 2006, is set to be the first space probe to make a close encounter with Pluto, capturing images of the dwarf planet and its moons, measuring its atmosphere, making thermal maps and even casting around for extra satellites.

Pluto, which is only about one-sixth the mass of the Earth's moon and one-third its volume, initially was designated as the ninth planet from the sun, but in 2006 was reclassified a dwarf planet.

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