Help Nickname New Horizons’ Next Flyby Target

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) The New Horizons mission is looking for your ideas on what to informally name its next flyby destination, a billion miles past Pluto. …read more Read more here:: NASA’s Pluto...

Solving the Mystery of Pluto’s Giant Blades of Ice

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Among New Horizons’ many discoveries at Pluto were strange formations resembling giant knife blades of ice, whose origin had remained a mystery. Now, scientists have turned up a fascinating explanation for this “bladed...

Pluto Features Given First Official Names

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) It’s official: Pluto’s “heart” now bears the name of pioneering American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930. And a crater is now officially named after Venetia Burney, the schoolgirl who...

First Official Pluto Feature Names

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) The International Astronomical Union (IAU), the internationally recognized authority for naming celestial bodies and their surface features, approved names of 14 surface features on Pluto in August 2017. The names were proposed...

New Horizons Files Flight Plan for 2019 Flyby

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) New Horizons has set the distance for its New Year’s Day 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, aiming to come three times closer to MU69 than it flew past Pluto in 2015. …read more Read more here:: NASA’s Pluto...