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May 24, 2015
NASA's New Horizons Spots Pluto's Faintest Known Moons
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It's a complete Pluto family photo - or at least a photo of the family members we've already met. For the first time, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has photographed Kerberos and Styx - the smallest and faintest of Pluto's five known moons. Following the spacecraft's detection of Pluto's giant moon Charon in July 2013, and Pluto's smaller moons Hydra and Nix in July 2014 and January 2015, respectively, New Horizons is now within sight of all the known members of the Pluto system. "New Horizo ... read more

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Pluto, now blurry, will become clear with NASA flyby
The best picture we have of Pluto is a blurry, pixelated blob, but that is about to change when a NASA spacecraft makes the first-ever flyby of the dwarf planet. ... more
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NASA Extends Campaign for Public to Name Features on Pluto
The public has until Friday, April 24 to help name new features on Pluto and its orbiting satellites as they are discovered by NASA's New Horizons mission. Announced in March, the agency wants to gi ... more
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New Horizons Sampling 'Space Weather' on Approach to Pluto
As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft approaches the Pluto system, its space plasma (also called charged particle) instruments - SWAP and PEPSSI - have already been taking measurements and assessing the ... more
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Help Name New Features on Pluto
In partnership with NASA's New Horizons mission and the SETI Institute, the IAU is endorsing a campaign that will allow the public to participate in naming newly discovered features on Pluto and its ... more
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Name the features on Pluto and its moon Charon
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. ... more
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Science Shorts: Why Pluto?
What is Pluto? A planetary eccentric? A Kuiper Belt object? A binary? A dwarf planet? It is, of course, all of these - and much more. For the New Horizons team, Pluto is "king of the Kuiper Belt," t ... more
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Pluto Science, on the Surface
New Horizons remains healthy and on course for its prime Pluto system science in July! As I write these words I am flying to a dress-rehearsal simulation (called a "sim") of the closest approach por ... more
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Science Shorts: How Big Is Pluto's Atmosphere?
How big is Pluto's atmosphere? This is not a typical question one finds in planetary science. Earth's atmosphere has an equivalent thickness - the thickness if you compress the atmosphere to uniform ... 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
The earliest stages of our Pluto encounter have begun, and New Horizons remains healthy and on course. Already, the SWAP, PEPSSI and SDC instruments are taking daily science data - measuring the cha ... more
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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
    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
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