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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 Dwarf Planet in the Solar System Revealed by ESO Telescope

October 29, 2019

As an object in the main asteroid belt, Hygiea satisfies right away three of the four requirements to…
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…
Neptune’s Moon Triton Fosters Rare Icy Union

May 28, 2019

Astronomers using the Gemini Observatory explore Neptune’s largest moon Triton and observe, for the first time beyond 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…
Carrying Buckeye technology, New Horizons probe zeroes in on mysterious Ultima Thule

January 9, 2019

With Buckeye engineering technology on board, the 12-year-old New Horizons mission to Pluto and the solar system’s icy Kuiper Belt made…
UVA astronomer is member of New Horizons Ultima Thule team

January 4, 2019

When I first saw the images, I think I probably said ‘wow’ a million times,” said University of…
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…
New Reasons why Pluto Should be Considered a Planet After All

September 10, 2018

In 2006, during their 26th General Assembly, the International Astronomic Union (IAU) passed a resolution to adopt a…
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…
NASA Dawn Reveals Recent Changes in Ceres’ Surface

March 15, 2018

Observations of Ceres have detected recent variations in its surface, revealing that the only dwarf planet in the…
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…
Astronomers Find Another Solar System with 8 Planets. Uh, Pluto, About that Deplaneting…

December 19, 2017

With every passing year, more and more extra-solar planets are discovered. To make matters more interesting, improvements in…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The other total eclipse

July 26, 2017

A wonderful thing happened between the first dreams of a mission to Pluto and the launch of New…
NASA Video Soars over Pluto’s Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains

July 15, 2017

Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Paul Schenk and John Blackwell, Lunar and Planetary Institute In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent…
New Horizons Unveils New Maps of Pluto, Charon on Flyby Anniversary

July 15, 2017

On July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight through the Pluto system – providing…
SOFIA to Make Advance Observations of Next New Horizons Flyby Object

July 11, 2017

On July 10, researchers using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will attempt to study the…
New Horizons Deploys Global Team for Rare Look at Next Flyby Target

May 26, 2017

On New Year’s Day 2019, more than 4 billion miles from home, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will race…
ALMA Investigates ‘DeeDee,’ a Distant, Dim Member of Our Solar System

April 13, 2017

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member…
New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target

April 4, 2017

How time and our spacecraft fly – especially when you’re making history at 32,000 miles (51,500 kilometers) per…
NASA’s New Horizons, IAU Set Pluto Naming Themes

February 24, 2017

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) – the internationally recognized authority for naming celestial bodies and their surface features…
Pluto Global Color Map

January 22, 2017

This new, detailed global mosaic color map of Pluto is based on a series of three color filter…
A Colorful ‘Landing’ on Pluto

January 20, 2017

What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie was made from more than 100…
Scientists Offer Sharper Insight into Pluto’s Bladed Terrain

January 5, 2017

Using a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather and a computer simulation of the physics…
Scientists Probe Mystery of Pluto’s Icy Heart

December 2, 2016

  Was Pluto’s frozen heart formed in an ancient impact basin and was it once closer to the…
Could there be life in Pluto’s ocean?

December 2, 2016

Pluto is thought to possess a subsurface ocean, which is not so much a sign of water as…
Pluto’s icy, slushy heart

November 18, 2016

Beneath Pluto’s “heart” lies a cold, slushy ocean of water ice, according to data from NASA’s New Horizons…
Cracked, Frozen and Tipped Over: New Clues From Pluto’s Past

November 17, 2016

Sputnik Planitia, a 1,000-kilometer-wide basin within the iconic heart-shaped region observed on Pluto’s surface, could be in its…
New Horizons Returns Last Bits of 2015 Flyby Data to Earth

October 28, 2016

NASA’s New Horizons mission reached a major milestone this week when the last bits of science data from…
New Horizons: Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target is Reddish

October 19, 2016

The next target for NASA’s New Horizons mission – which made a historic flight past Pluto in July…
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…
X-ray Detection Sheds New Light on Pluto

September 15, 2016

Scientists using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have made the first detections of X-rays from Pluto. These observations offer…
One Year Later: New Horizons’ Top 10 Discoveries at Pluto

July 15, 2016

Three billion miles from Earth, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, moving at speeds that would get it from New…
Intricate Surface Patterns Revealed on Pluto’s Sputnik Planum

July 1, 2016

The vast nitrogen ice plains of Pluto’s informally named Sputnik Planum – the western half of Pluto’s “heart”…
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…
Research bolsters case for a present-day subsurface ocean on Pluto

June 22, 2016

When the NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft buzzed by Pluto last year, it revealed tantalizing clues that the dwarf…
New Data Compare, Contrast Pluto’s Icy Moons

June 17, 2016

A newly downlinked spectral observation of Pluto’s moon Nix from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft provides compelling evidence that…
The Jagged Shores of Pluto’s Highlands

June 10, 2016

This enhanced color view from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto’s great…
Secrets Revealed from Pluto’s ‘Twilight Zone’

June 3, 2016

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on…
Pluto’s Heart: Like a Cosmic ‘Lava Lamp’

June 2, 2016

Like a cosmic lava lamp, a large section of Pluto’s icy surface is being constantly renewed by a…
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