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Local hopes for Pluto mission

Space consultant wants planet status re-instated

The flypast of Pluto is one of the most dramatic space missions ever.

That's according to local astronomer and space consultant Howard Parkin.

NASA's New Horizon's probe flew past the dwarf planet yesterday (Tues).

Pictures and information take four hours to return to earth and will start streaming back today (Wed).

Mr Parkin says he has one personal - and he admits relatively minor - hope regarding the information it sends back.

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