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Charon at 40: Four Decades of Discovery on Pluto’s Largest Moon

June 23, 2018

The largest of Pluto’s five moons, Charon, was discovered 40 years ago today by James Christy and Robert…
Pluto’s Charon Gets Mountains Named After Sci-Fi Authors Octavia Butler and Arthur C. Clarke

April 13, 2018

In 2015, the New Horizons mission made history by being the first spacecraft to conduct a flyby of…
An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds

December 1, 2017

Heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid…
Pluto ‘paints’ its largest moon red

September 19, 2016

In June 2015, when the cameras on NASA’s approaching New Horizons spacecraft first spotted the large reddish polar…
A ‘Super Grand Canyon’ on Pluto’s Moon Charon

June 24, 2016

Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, is home to an unusual canyon system that’s far longer and deeper than the…
Hubble Discovers Moon Orbiting the Dwarf Planet Makemake

April 27, 2016

Peering to the outskirts of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a small, dark moon…
Science Papers Reveal New Aspects of Pluto and its Moons

March 18, 2016

A year ago, Pluto was just a bright speck in the cameras of NASA’s approaching New Horizons spacecraft,…
Pluto’s ‘Hulk-like’ Moon Charon: A Possible Ancient Ocean?

February 19, 2016

Pluto’s largest moon may have gotten too big for its own skin. Images from NASA’s New Horizons mission…
A Day on Pluto, a Day on Charon

November 21, 2015

Pluto’s day is 6.4 Earth days long. The images were taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)…
The Youngest Crater on Charon?

October 31, 2015

New Horizons scientists have discovered a striking contrast between one of the fresh craters on Pluto’s largest moon…
Thousands of Pits Punctuate Pluto’s Forbidding Plains in Latest Photos

October 19, 2015

A brand new batch of Pluto and Charon photos showed up last week on the New Horizons LORRI (LOng-Range Reconnaissance…
New Horizons Publishes First Research Paper in ‘Science,’ Describing Numerous Pluto System Findings

October 16, 2015

From Pluto’s unusual heart-shaped region to its extended atmosphere and intriguing moons, New Horizons has revealed a degree…
Charon Suffered Surprisingly Titanic Upheavals in Fresh Imagery from New Horizons

October 5, 2015

Charon suffered such a surprisingly violent past of titanic upheavals that they created a humongous canyon stretching across…
New Pluto Images from NASA’s New Horizons: It’s Complicated

September 11, 2015

New close-up images of Pluto from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reveal a bewildering variety of surface features that…
Ride Along with New Horizons on its Pluto Flyby

August 17, 2015

On July 14, 2015, after nine and a half years journeying across the Solar System, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made…
Kirk, Spock and Sulu Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before — Charon!

August 4, 2015

A big smile. That was my reaction to seeing the names of Uhura, Spock, Kirk and Sulu on…
Space Image: Pluto’s moon Charon

July 27, 2015

Icy world Charon is 1,200 kilometers across. That makes Pluto’s largest moon only about 1/10th the size of…
Mysterious Mountain Revealed in First Close-up of Pluto’s Moon Charon

July 17, 2015

A mysterious mountain in the middle of a moat on Pluto’s biggest moon Charon, has captivated and baffled…
NASA to Release New Pluto Images, Science Findings at July 17 Briefing

July 17, 2015

NASA will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, July 17, to reveal new images of…
NASA’s Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

July 15, 2015

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto. After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made…
New Horizons ‘Phones Home’ Safe after Pluto Flyby

July 15, 2015

The call everyone was waiting for is in. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m.…
How Big Is Pluto? New Horizons Settles Decades-Long Debate

July 14, 2015

NASA’s New Horizons mission has answered one of the most basic questions about Pluto—its size. Mission scientists have…
Charon’s Chasms and Craters

July 13, 2015

New Horizons’ newest images reveal Pluto’s largest moon Charon to be a world of chasms and craters. The…
Pluto’s Time to Shine Just Hours Away – A Guide and Timetable

July 13, 2015

Countdown to discovery! Not since Voyager 2’s flyby of Neptune in 1989 have we flung a probe into…
Red-faced Pluto Full of Surprises

July 8, 2015

Hey, Mars, you’ve got company. Looks like there’s a second “red planet” in the Solar System — Pluto.…
Pluto and Charon Surfaces in Living Color

July 5, 2015

This is the first movie created by New Horizons to reveal color surface features of Pluto and its…
New from NASA’s New Horizons: Increasing Variety on Pluto’s Close Approach Hemisphere, and a ‘Dark Pole’ on Charon

June 23, 2015

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft doesn’t pass Pluto until July 14 – but the mission team is making new…
Pluto and its Moon Charon, Now in Color

June 22, 2015

The first color movies from NASA’s New Horizons mission show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, and the…
New Horizons Sees Pluto and Charon

May 4, 2015

This series of New Horizons images of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken at 13 different…
The View from New Horizons: A Full Day on Pluto-Charon

February 13, 2015

This time-lapse “movie” of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was recently shot at record-setting distances with the…
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