NASA'S Mission to Pluto

New Horizons, IAU Set Pluto Naming Themes

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) The International Astronomical Union has approved themes submitted by NASA's New Horizons team for naming surface features on Pluto and its moons. ...read more Read more here:: NASA’s Pluto...

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IAA Laurels Presentation

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) After the IAA Laurels presentation at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on Jan. 4, IAA Secretary General Jean-Michel Contant (center) gathers with NASA, APL and New Horizons team members (from left) Chris Hersman,...

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New Horizons Awards

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Several team members who were unable to attend the Jan. 4 ceremony received their awards during the New Horizons science team meeting at APL on Jan. 18. Pictured (from left) are Alan Stern, John Spencer, Leslie Young, Jeffrey...

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New Horizons Team Members

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) New Horizons team members give the "Pluto salute" after the NASA Group Achievement Award presentation at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on Jan. 19 the 11th anniversary of the launch that sent New Horizons toward...

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New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) The NASA spacecraft completed a short propulsive maneuver Wednesday to refine its track toward a New Year's Day 2019 flyby past Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69. ...read more Read more here:: NASA’s Pluto...

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What’s Next for New Horizons?

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) The red line marks the path of New Horizons toward its next flyby, a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69. The green dot approximates the spacecrafts current location. ...read more Read more here:: New Horizons Science...

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A Colorful ‘Landing’ on Pluto

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie, made from more than 100 New Horizons images, offers a "trip" down to the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planitia. ...read more Read more here::...

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A Colorful ‘Landing’ on Pluto

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) View MP4 What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie was made from more than 100 images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015. The video offers a...

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Charon in ‘Plutoshine’

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) This beautiful image obtained with the Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows the night side of Pluto's large, Texas-sized moon Charon, against a star field, lit by faint,...

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Pluto Color Map

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) This new, detailed global mosaic color map of Pluto is based on a series of three color filter images obtained by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera aboard New Horizons during the NASA spacecraft's close flyby of...

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Facebook Live to Mark Success, Future of New Horizons

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) New Horizons team members will discuss the achievements of the Pluto encounter and look ahead to the mission's next exploration during a Facebook Live event at 4 p.m. EST on Jan. 19 -- the 11th anniversary of the spacecraft's...

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Scientists Probe Mystery of Pluto’s Icy Heart

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Scientists are offering several new scenarios to explain the formation of Pluto's Sputnik Planitia, the frozen heart-shaped feature first spotted by New Horizons in 2015. ...read more Read more here:: NASA’s Pluto...

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New Horizons Returns Last Bits of 2015 Flyby Data

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) New Horizons reached a major milestone this week when the last bits of science data from the Pluto flyby – stored on the spacecraft's digital recorders since July 2015 – arrived safely on Earth. ...read more Read more here::...

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New Horizons Team Receives Planetary Society Award

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern (left) accepts the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science from the Planetary Society's Jim Bell and Emily Lakdawalla during the AAS Division for Planetary...

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Landslides in a Charon Chasm (non-annotated)

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have spotted signs of long run-out landslides on Pluto's largest moon, Charon. This perspective view of Charon's informally named Serenity Chasm consists of topography generated from...

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Landslides on Charon (annotated)

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have spotted signs of long run-out landslides on Pluto's largest moon, Charon. This image of Charon's informally named Serenity Chasma was taken by New Horizons' Long Range...

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Landslides on Charon (non-annotated)

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have spotted signs of long run-out landslides on Pluto's largest moon, Charon. This image of Charon's informally named Serenity Chasma was taken by New Horizons' Long Range...

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Partly Cloudy on Pluto?

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Pluto's present, hazy atmosphere is almost entirely free of clouds, though scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have identified some cloud candidates after examining images taken by the New Horizons Long Range...

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Landslides in a Charon Chasm (annotated)

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have spotted signs of long run-out landslides on Pluto's largest moon, Charon. This perspective view of Charon's informally named Serenity Chasm consists of topography generated from...

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Pluto ‘Paints’ its Largest Moon Red

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) After months of analysis, New Horizons scientists say they have found the likely source of the reddish material covering the poles of Pluto's moon Charon - Pluto itself. They publish their results this week in the journal...

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X-ray Detection Sheds New Light on Pluto

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) New Horizons scientists using the Chandra X-ray Observatory have made the first detections of X-rays from Pluto. The observations offer new insight into the space environment surrounding the largest and best-known object in the...

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X-Rays from Pluto

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) The first detection of Pluto in X-rays has been made using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory in conjunction with observations from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. As New Horizons approached Pluto in late 2014 and then flew by the...

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New Horizons Spies a Kuiper Belt Companion

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) New Horizons is doing some sightseeing along the way to its 2019 date with an ancient object in the Kuiper Belt known as 2014 MU69. ...read more Read more here:: NASA’s Pluto...

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Pluto’s Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) The southernmost part of Pluto that New Horizons could "see" during closest approach contains a range of fascinating geological features, and offers clues into what might lurk in the regions shrouded in darkness during the...

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