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Far, Far Away in the Sky: New Horizons Kuiper Belt Flyby Object Officially Named ‘Arrokoth’

November 13, 2019

In a fitting tribute to the farthest flyby ever conducted by spacecraft, the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69…
Pluto Orbiter Mission Considered by NASA

November 1, 2019

NASA’s New Horizons mission taught us a lot about Pluto, the ice dwarf planet. But the spacecraft sped…
New Horizons Team Pieces Together the Best Images They Have of Pluto’s Far Side

October 28, 2019

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. For decades, not much detail was known about the…
Insulating Layer of Gas Could Keep a Liquid Ocean Inside Pluto

May 24, 2019

In July of 2015, NASA’s New Horizons mission made history by becoming the first spacecraft to ever conduct…
This composite image of the primordial contact binary Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule) – featured on the cover of the May 17 issue of the journal Science – was compiled from data obtained by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft as it flew by the object on Jan. 1, 2019. The image combines enhanced color data (close to what the human eye would see) with detailed high-resolution panchromatic pictures. Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Roman Tkachenko
NASA’s New Horizons Team Publishes First Kuiper Belt Flyby Science Results

May 17, 2019

Most distant object ever explored presents mysteries of its formation. NASA’s New Horizons mission team has published the…
Ultima Thule in 3D

March 8, 2019

Cross your eyes and break out the 3D glasses! NASA’s New Horizons team has created new stereo views…
New Horizons Spacecraft Returns Its Sharpest Views of Ultima Thule

February 23, 2019

The mission team called it a “stretch goal” – just before closest approach, precisely pointing the cameras on…
Artist's rendering of Ultima Thule. Image credit: NASA / JHUAPL/ SWRI / Steve Gribben
New Horizons’ Evocative Farewell Glance at Ultima Thule

February 9, 2019

An evocative new image sequence from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft offers a departing view of the Kuiper Belt…
Here it is, the high resolution photo of MU69 We have all been waiting for

January 29, 2019

On December 31st, 2018, NASA’s New Horizons mission made history by being the first spacecraft to rendezvous with…
The Pictures are Here! New Horizons Close Up View of 2014 MU69

January 3, 2019

On December 31st, 2018, NASA and the New Horizon‘s team (plus millions of people watching the live stream…
Aboard the First Spacecraft to the Trojan Asteroids: NASA Ralph’s Next Adventure

November 8, 2018

Ralph, one of NASA’s most well-traveled space explorers, has voyaged far and accomplished much: on the New Horizons…
Ultima in View: NASA’s New Horizons Makes First Detection of Kuiper Belt Flyby Target

August 29, 2018

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has made its first detection of its next flyby target, the Kuiper Belt object…
New Horizons Team Prepares for Stellar Occultation Ahead of Ultima Thule Flyby

August 1, 2018

Successfully observing an object from more than four billion miles away is difficult, yet NASA’s New Horizons mission…
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…
Icy Dunes on Pluto Reveal a Diverse and Dynamic Dwarf Planet

June 9, 2018

Newly discovered dunes on Pluto tell us the dwarf planet’s geology and atmosphere is far more dynamic than…
Pluto has “Sand Dunes”, but Instead of Sand, it’s Grains of Frozen Methane

June 5, 2018

In July of 2015, the New Horizons mission made history when it conducted the first flyby in history…
Pluto is What You Get When a Billion Comets Smash Together

May 29, 2018

Pluto has been the focus of a lot of attention for more than a decade now. This began…
Interview With Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. David Grinspoon, Authors of Chasing Pluto

May 16, 2018

I was fortunate enough to spend half an hour with Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. David Grinspoon to…
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…
New Horizons Team Has a New Nickname for the Spacecraft’s Next Target

March 19, 2018

In July of 2015, NASA’s New Horizons mission made history when it became the first spacecraft to conduct…
New Horizons Just Took a Record Breaking Image. No Camera Has Ever Taken a Picture From This Far From Earth

February 14, 2018

In July of 2015, the New Horizons mission made history by being the first spacecraft to rendezvous with…
New Horizons Captures Record-Breaking Images in the Kuiper Belt

February 9, 2018

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recently turned its telescopic camera toward a field of stars, snapped an image –…
Spend Next New Year’s Eve with New Horizons

January 5, 2018

The New Year’s celebration to usher in 2019 will include an event like no other – more than…
Does New Horizons’ Next Target Have a Moon?

December 13, 2017

Scientists were already excited to learn this summer that New Horizons’ next flyby target – a Kuiper Belt…
Help Nickname New Horizons’ Next Flyby Target

November 7, 2017

NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt is looking for your ideas on what to…
UVA astronomer selected to guide New Horizons spacecraft to new, tiny world

October 20, 2017

As the New Horizons spacecraft – which made a dramatic flyby of Pluto and its moons two years…
Pluto Features Given First Official Names

September 8, 2017

It’s official: Pluto’s “heart” now bears the name of pioneering American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in…
New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby

September 7, 2017

NASA’s New Horizons mission has set the distance for its New Year’s Day 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt…
New Horizons’ Next Target Just Got a Lot More Interesting

August 6, 2017

Could the next flyby target for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft actually be two targets? New Horizons scientists look to answer…
NASA’s New Horizons Team Strikes Gold in Argentina

July 20, 2017

A primitive solar system object that’s more than four billion miles (6.5 billion kilometers) away passed in front…
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