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New Horizons probe wakes up for post-Pluto flyby

The mission operations team for NASA’s New Horizons probe has awakened the spacecraft from its robotic hibernation, and now it’ll stay awake for its scheduled Jan. 1 flyby of a mysterious object on the solar system’s edge, known as 2014 … Continue reading

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Scientists say Pluto was made from a billion comets

Did Pluto form like its closer-in brethren in the solar system, or is it the result of an agglomeration of comets from the edge of the solar system? A study published in the journal Icarus makes the case for comets. To reach … Continue reading

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Pluto’s champions tell the tale of an epic mission

It took nine years for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to get to Pluto, and laying the groundwork for that history-making space mission here on Earth took nearly twice as long. The drama and intrigue surrounding New Horizons during those decades, as chronicled … Continue reading

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Pluto probe’s next target nicknamed Ultima Thule

Nearly three years after flying past Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is heading for a target more than 4 billion miles from Earth. It’s officially known as 2014 MU69, but now the New Horizons team has decided to call it Ultima Thule (“UL-ti-ma THOO-lee”), or … Continue reading

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Our farthest-out camera sends cosmic snapshot

Two and a half years after becoming the first probe to study Pluto up close, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is gaining more fame for possessing the solar system’s farthest-out camera in operation. Today NASA released a set of images captured by New Horizons’ … Continue reading

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Nickname the next target for New Horizons

2014 MU69 just won’t cut it, so NASA and the folks behind the New Horizons mission want you to help pick out a cooler nickname for the icy object that’s in their sights for New Year’s Day in 2019. The … Continue reading

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Pluto’s first place names win official blessing

Some of the best-known places on Pluto, including the heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio, have finally gone legit. But lots of other places, such as Cthulhu Regio, are still in the dark. That’s the upshot of today’s announcement from the International Astronomical Union, … Continue reading

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