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Space photos: First images from our solar system

NASA Principal Investigator for New Horizons mission Alan Stern (L) and Co-Investigator Will Grundy (R) hold up an enlarged, out-dated U.S. postage stamp with the words "PLUTO NOT YET EXPLORED", during the celebration of the spacecraft New Horizons flyby of Pluto, at NASA's Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, July 14, 2015.

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Photo 'firsts' from space

The close encounter with Pluto by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft gives scientists unprecedented images of the dwarf planet.

At 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the spacecraft sent messages back to mission operations at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, confirming it had completed its mission, ending nerve-wracking hours for the craft's operators on Earth.

In honor of the achievement, here is a gallery of historic first images spacecraft have taken of other objects in the solar system.

— By CNBC's Robert Ferris
Posted 15 July 2015

Mike Theiler | Reuters