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...

The Heroes of the DSN and the ‘Summer of MU69’

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) The New Horizons team has learned a lot this summer about the mission’s next flyby target, the distant and mysterious Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69. Principal Investigator Alan Stern covers this and other mission updates in...