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New Horizons probe sends its last Pluto data

More than 15 months after NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto, the last bit of data captured during the flyby has finally been transmitted back to Earth. NASA said the final transmission was a digital segment of an observation sequence … Continue reading

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Pluto’s ocean may go deeper than Earth’s

Scientists have been saying for months that Pluto could have a salty, sloshing ocean beneath its icy surface, but now they’ve worked out just how deep it could go. The answer? As deep as 60 miles, or nine times the … Continue reading

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How Pluto ‘spray-painted’ its biggest moon

When NASA’s New Horizons probe sent back pictures of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, researchers were surprised to see a big red spot on its north pole. More than a year later, they’ve published their best explanation for its origin. Mission … Continue reading

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Pluto stamp honored as farthest-out postage

We’ve known for years that a 1991 Pluto stamp included on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is the farthest-out piece of postage, but now the U.S. Postal Service and Guinness World Records have officially put it in the record books. The … Continue reading

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One year later, New Horizons revisits Pluto flyby

One year ago today, NASA’s New Horizons probe whizzed past Pluto and opened up a new frontier for planetary science – and to mark the occasion, the mission team is looking back at its greatest hits and looking ahead to a landing. … Continue reading

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New Horizons mission extended to Kuiper Belt

Almost a year after New Horizons’ unprecedented flyby of Pluto, NASA has given the official go-ahead for the probe to fly past another icy object in the Kuiper Belt in 2019. At the same time, the space agency decided to … Continue reading

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Pluto may still have an ocean under its ice

Pluto is one of the coldest places in the solar system, but scientists say geological activity could still keep an ocean’s worth of water liquid beneath the dwarf planet’s surface. Brown University’s Noah Hammond and his colleagues lay out their … Continue reading

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