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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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Peace pact reached over Pluto’s map

It’s taken a year and a half, but the International Astronomical Union and the science team behind NASA’s New Horizons mission have finally struck a deal for naming the features on Pluto and its moons. The agreement, announced today, will … Continue reading

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How a heavy heart made Pluto flip out

Pluto’s famous heart-shaped feature may well have migrated over the course of millions of years as the dwarf planet spun, and that would add to the evidence for a slushy ocean hidden beneath the ice, two groups of scientists say. … Continue reading

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