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Scientists Lost Their Minds Over Pluto And It's The Best

Try not to reach through the screen and hug them.

Posted on July 14, 2015, at 7:55 p.m. ET

By now you've probably seen the crisp new image of Pluto in all of its cosmic glory.

Pluto by Hubble vs. Pluto by New Horizons (via @imbadatlife)

Behind the scenes, scientists at NASA headquarters in Maryland were overjoyed after seeing the latest and sharpest image, which took over four hours to reach Earth.

NASA / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: nasahqphoto

The team saw the image as the probe neared its closest approach at about 7,800 miles from the dwarf planet.

NASA/Bill Ingalls / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: nasahqphoto

Needless to say, things got a bit emotional.

NASA/Bill Ingalls / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: nasahqphoto

After all, it was a moment nine years in the making.

NASA/Bill Ingalls / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: nasahqphoto

And the flyby countdown began, probably on the lower end since New Horizons launched in January 2006.

Bill Ingalls/NASA / Getty Images

We did it! A craft from Earth took a trip 3 BILLION miles away!

NASA/Bill Ingalls / Via nasa.gov

Success! Science! USA! USA! USA!

NASA / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: nasahqphoto

There was even a probe hat (presumably lighter than the 1,050-pound spacecraft)!

Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images

NASA's bumper stickers are better than your honor student bumper stickers.

NASA / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: nasahqphoto

Consider this stamp OBSOLETE.

Bill Ingalls/NASA / Getty Images

Follow the New Horizons team on Twitter and NASA on Instagram.

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