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Pluto News, The Kuipers and Beyond
June 18, 2015
One Month from Pluto
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Now within one month of the historic Pluto flyby, NASA's New Horizons team has executed a small but important course correction for the spacecraft, completed updated analyses of possible hazards in the Pluto system, and is picking up the pace of science-data collection. A 45-second thruster burst on June 14 refined New Horizons' trajectory toward Pluto, targeting the optimal aim point for the spacecraft's flight through the Pluto system. This was only the second targeting maneuver of New Hor ... read more

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Possible Polar Cap on Pluto Detected
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Capstone: 2015
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NASA's New Horizons Nears Historic Encounter with Pluto
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
    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
    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
    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
    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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    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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    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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