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February 09, 2016
New Horizons Could Help Us Locate Possible Planets Beyond Neptune
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 09, 2016
The recent discovery of evidence of a giant planet lurking in the outskirts of the solar system made by Caltech astronomers, has re-ignited the discussion about the existence of planets beyond Neptune. We could be really on the verge of confirming the presence of a hypothetical 'Planet Nine' and NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, our messenger to Pluto and trans Neptunian objects might have the final word in this debate. New Horizons was launched in January 2006 and made its closest approach to Pluto ... read more

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Charon's Night Side
After its close approach to Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft snapped this hauntingly beautiful image of the night side of Pluto's largest moon, Charon. Only an imager on the far side of Pluto coul ... more
Predicting planets: The highs and lows
In the mid-19th century, astronomers hypothesised an extra planet in our solar system, orbiting between the Sun and Mercury. ... more
Caltech researchers find evidence of a real ninth planet
Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mas ... more
'Ninth planet' may exist in solar system: US scientists
A previously unknown giant planet may have been discovered lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system, US scientists announced on Wednesday. ... more
The Voyage of a Lifetime: New Horizons Marks 10 Years Since Launch
Ten years ago one of the great robotic explorers of our age - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft - rocketed into the sky above the Florida coastline. The tiny probe - weighing barely 1,000 pounds - sped ... more
Studying Pluto from 3 Billion Miles Away
My name is Amanda Zangari, and I've been a postdoc on the New Horizons mission for 2 0.5 years. It's been a wild ride, and it's amazing how the time has flown by. In the 85 years between Pluto's di ... more
Possible ice volcano on Pluto has the 'Wright Stuff'
Scientists with NASA's New Horizons mission have assembled this highest-resolution color view of one of two potential cryovolcanoes spotted on the surface of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft in ... more
Probing the Mysterious Glacial Flow on Pluto's Frozen 'Heart'
Written 45 years ago, these words are more appropriate today than Moore could have ever imagined. Greetings, I'm Dr. Orkan Umurhan, a scientist on New Horizons' Geology and Geophysics Investigation ... more
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'X' Marks a Curious Corner on Pluto's Icy Plains
"X" marks the spot of some intriguing surface activity in the latest picture of Pluto returned from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. Transmitted to Earth on Dec. 24, this image from the Long Ra ... more
Particles 'Go with the Flow' on Pluto's Surface
Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have combined data from two instruments to create this composite image of Pluto's informally named Viking Terra area. The combined data includes pic ... more
Looking Back at the 'Year of Pluto'
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will mark the New Year some 125 million miles (200 million kilometers) beyond Pluto, far removed from the excitement and activity that accompanied its historic flight ... more
Postal Service honors NASA's Pluto discoveries
The U.S. Postal Service has previewed the New Year's series of stamps highlighting NASA's Planetary Science program, including a do-over of a famous Pluto stamp commemorating the NASA New Horizons' ... more
Pluto through a Stained Glass Window
As New Horizons flew by Pluto, it recorded spectacular images of the icy world's surface using the LORRI and MVIC cameras. It recorded the plasma and dust environments with the PEPSSI, SWAP, and SDC ... more
New Horizons team releases detailed slice of Pluto
Five months after NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto to take the first images and measurements of this icy world and its system of satellites, knowledge about this distant system continu ... more
Pluto's close-up, now in color
This enhanced color mosaic combines some of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its July 14 flyby. The pictures are part of a sequence taken near New Hori ... more
Zooming in on Pluto's Pattern of Pits
On July 14 the telescopic camera on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took the highest resolution images ever obtained of the intricate pattern of "pits" across a section of Pluto's prominent heart-sha ... more
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    New Horizons' catches a wandering Kuiper Belt Object not far off
    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently took the closest images ever of a distant Kuiper Belt object - demonstrating its ability to observe numerous such bodies over the next several years if NASA a ... more
    New Visualization of Space Environment at Pluto
    This video shows a simulation of the space environment all the way out to Pluto in the months surrounding New Horizons' July 2015 flyby. At the time, scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight ... more
    Pluto surface details revealed in best images yet
    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first few of a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby - and this image sequence forms the best close-ups of Pluto th ... more
    Rotational movies of Pluto and Charon
    It's amazing that we've come such a long way in our exploration of the Pluto system, and it's only been five months since the close flyby of New Horizons. From the exceptionally young ice-covered pl ... more
    New Horizons documents one rotation of Charon
    On approach to the Pluto system in July 2015, the cameras on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured images of the largest of Pluto's five moons, Charon, rotating over the course of a full day. ... more
    Tyson weighs in on New Horizons' Pluto discoveries
    The New Horizons spacecraft completed its 3 billion mile journey to Pluto in July and the discoveries continue to pour in every week as NASA scientists receive and analyze data and images from the f ... more
    Composite images compare sunlit faces of Pluto
    New composite images released by NASA show Pluto and Charon lit up by the sun. The images were taken by New Horizons' cameras as the probe approached the dwarf planet and its moon. ... more
    Astronomers spot most distant object in the solar system
    As of right now, it is the most distant object in the solar system, a sizable space rock 103 times farther away from the sun than the Earth. ... more
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