NASA announcement: New Horizons set for historic flyby TOMORROW

The space agency says it will pass the interstellar body at 5.33am GMT and take thousands of images as it does so.

Hal Weaver, a research professor at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and a project scientist on the New Horizons mission, said: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“This is another great step in the exploration of our solar system.”

Mission operations manager Alice Bowman added: “The spacecraft is healthy and we’re excited!”

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