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January 24, 2015
New Horizons ready for planet's beyond beyond
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 21, 2015
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 perform the first ever close-up flyby of the fallen planet. Downgraded in 2006 to dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Pluto holds key clues to our understanding of the formation of our solar system. New Horizons' Co-Investigator and Deputy Project Scientist Kimberly Ennico of NA ... read 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
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) may have detected the dusty hallmarks of an entire family of Pluto-size objects swarming around an adolescent version of our ... more
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New Horizons Wakes Up on Pluto's Doorstep
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 on ... more
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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
It's hard for me to believe, but after almost nine years of flight, we are literally on Pluto's doorstep, on schedule, in good health, and on course. In fact, at the end of this week, on Saturday, D ... more
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Eris the largest dwarf planet in Solar System
Our universe is full of mysteries but there are a few things we know for certain. For instance, that the Earth orbits the Sun and not vice versa, or that there are eight planets in the solar system. ... more
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Pluto's Exotic Chemistry
My connection to Pluto and Charon is quite different from that of other scientists who write for the New Horizons website. Certainly I'm excited about the chance to visit and study objects in the ou ... more
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Clues Revealed About Hidden Interior of Uranus
Long believed to be one of the blandest regions of any of the giant gas planets, the southern hemisphere of Uranus indicates a flurry of previously unknown atmospheric phenomena, hinting at an unusu ... more
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New Horizons Set to Wake Up for Pluto Encounter
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation for the last time on Dec. 6. Between now and then, while the Pluto-bound probe enjoys three more weeks of electronic slumber, work on Earth is ... more
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Hubble Telescope Finds Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons Pluto Mission
Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency's New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit a ... more
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It's Just a Phase: Changes on Pluto's Surface
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One Last Slumber
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Democracy has spoken, Pluto should be a planet
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Miranda: An Icy Moon Deformed by Tidal Heating
Miranda, a small, icy moon of Uranus, is one of the most visually striking and enigmatic bodies in the solar system. Despite its relatively small size, Miranda appears to have experienced an episode ... more
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    New Horizons Crosses Neptune Orbit On Route To First Pluto Flyby
    NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on Ju ... more
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    From Pinpoint of Light to a Geologic World
    I'm an astronomer and I've been studying Pluto as a pinpoint of light for over 25 years. It will be so exciting to see this little white dot turn into a geologic world in a matter of weeks. Wh ... more
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    New Horizons Spies Charon Orbiting Pluto
    Like explorers of old peering through a shipboard telescope for a faint glimpse of their destination, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is taking a distant look at the Pluto system - in preparation for ... more
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    ALMA telescope sizes up Pluto's orbit
    Scientists using a high-powered telescope in Chile have been able to measure Pluto's orbit precisely, to help with navigation as a US probe nears the planet in 2015. ... more
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    Putting It All Together
    The New Horizons mission will provide the first in situ investigation of objects in the Kuiper belt, making it a unique voyage of discovery. And it's unlikely we'll see a similar venture into the so ... more
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    In exactly one year, NASA's New Horizons probe will reach Pluto
    Exactly one year from today, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest approach to the far-away dwarf planet Pluto - the icy pseudo-planet's first manmade visitor. ... more
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    You walk up to the Restaurant at the End of the Solar System, ready to try that slice of "Pluto on ice" that you heard amazing things about. The chef behind the counter asks, "So, how would you like ... more
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