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New Horizons Conspiracy Theorists Claim Pluto Mission Is A Badly Photoshopped Fake

22/07/2015 13:49 BST | Updated 22/07/2015 13:59 BST

There probably wasn't a single person that didn't feel a tingle of excitement when NASA first revealed the high-resolution pictures of Pluto from the New Horizons mission.

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Well actually there definitely was, and they were the conspiracy theorists. Keen to make sure that we all know 'the truth' about NASA's monumental nine-year journey, the alien hunters and conspiracy theorists raced to their computers to pour over the stream of images that NASA sent through.

The result? Well obviously the New Horizons mission is a fake, because that's just your standard conspiracy theory starting point.

So why is NASA faking a 10-year mission? Well one conspiracy blogger believes that not only is New Horizon's an 'occult ritual construct complete with Masonic coding' (err sure?), but also a secret mission to investigate Planet X.

So what is Planet X? Well aside from having an almost pantomime-esque name, if you believe the less-scientific members of the space community then Planet X is a massive 'dark' planet that's hiding beyond the reaches of our own telescopes and sensors. This is also not a thing that massive planets can do.

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Conspiracy theorists a massive 'dark' planet is hiding in within our very own solar system.

With an orbit so large that it's almost impossible to find, theorists have suggested everything from it being the home of alien life to it heading on a direct collision course with Earth.

There's just one tiny problem with this theory though, and at the moment, Planet X doesn't exist.

NASA's infrared scans of the night sky and indeed the surrounding space outside of our Solar System's classical boundaries suggests that there really is nothing out there, let alone a giant 'Death Star' planet that's imminently about to make us all sit in a pub with a paper bag on our heads.

Which leads us back to the boring, sensible world of normality where eating cake and tea at 11 in the morning is considered OK and spaceships take decades to get to planets that are billions of miles away from us.

Having travelled over a distance of over 8 million kilometres the small spacecraft has taken nine years to reach Pluto travelling at a speed of 30,800 miles per hour.

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Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.

With over seven billion kilometres separating New Horizons from Earth, communications now take hours to travel back to Earth so it won't be until Wednesday before NASA is able to reveal any truly high resolution images.

While New Horizons carries out its final approach it'll go silent as far as Earth is concerned, the spacecraft will be devoting all of its power supply to powering all the seven sensors.

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Guests and New Horizons team members countdown to the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto.

It's a major landmark as it'll be the last of the 'classical' nine planets that inhabit our Solar System to be visited by a spacecraft from Earth.

Echoing the excitement of the scientists involved, U.S. President Barack Obama tweeted his congratulations to the team and highlighted the event as an example of American innovation.