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March 27, 2015
Name the features on Pluto and its moon Charon
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2015
NASA scientists and officials at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) are asking for the public's help in naming the geological components of Pluto and Charon. As of now, there aren't any geophysical features on Pluto to supply with names. That's because, as of now, even the sharpest images of Photo don't reveal much more than a series of colored blurry blobs. The same goes for Pluto's moon Charon. Even Hubble, capable of capturing massive galaxies in stunning detail, can't exactly ... read more

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New Horizons Spots Small Moons Orbiting Pluto
Exactly 85 years after Clyde Tombaugh's historic discovery of Pluto, the NASA spacecraft set to encounter the icy planet this summer is providing its first views of the small moons orbiting Pluto. ... more
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The View from New Horizons: A Full Day on Pluto-Charon
This time-lapse "movie" of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was recently shot at record-setting distances with the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. The ... more
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New Horizons snaps new images of Pluto en route to historic flyby
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft returned its first new images of Pluto on Wednesday, as the probe closes in on the dwarf planet. Although still just a dot along with its largest moon, Charon, the ima ... more
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Something Special in the Air
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NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto
Nine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet. ... more
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New Horizons ready for planet's beyond beyond
The mysterious, distant and yet unexplored by any probe world of Pluto and its moons, located on the edge of our solar system, is about to get visited. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 14 will ... more
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Maybe two more planets in our Solar System: astronomers
The Solar System has at least two more planets waiting to be discovered beyond the orbit of Pluto, Spanish and British astronomers say. ... more
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Two Earth-sized planets hidden at the edge of our Solar System
Scientists from Britain and Spain believe there could be at least two planets the size of Earth hiding at the edge of the Solar System. ... more
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NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Begins First Stages of Pluto Encounter
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14 with the first c ... more
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NASA's New Horizons probe begins Pluto observations
It's been nine years since the New Horizons probe left Earth, and now the craft is gearing up for its encounter with Pluto in July - the first-ever flyby of the icy cold dwarf planet. ... more
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On Pluto's Doorstep, NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Awakens for Encounter
After a voyage of nearly nine years and three billion miles - the farthest any space mission has ever traveled to reach its primary target - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation to ... more
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Swarms of Pluto-Size Objects Kick Up Dust around Adolescent Sun-Like Star
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New Horizons Wakes Up on Pluto's Doorstep
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NASA craft to probe Pluto after nine-year journey
An American probe that will explore Pluto woke up from its slumber Saturday, after a nine-year journey to take a close look at the distant body for the first time. ... more
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Waking Up on Pluto's Doorstep
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Eris the largest dwarf planet in Solar System
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