NASA'S Mission to Pluto

Blog: What a Journey!

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Now that most of the science data from the Pluto encounter have been downlinked to Earth, New Horizons Project Scientist Hal Weaver says it seems only fitting to reflect on the long journey that took us to the frontier of our...

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New Horizons Video: Coming in Toward a Landing on Pluto

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Imagine a future spacecraft following New Horizons’ trailblazing path to Pluto, but instead of flying past its target – as New Horizons needed to do to explore Pluto and the Kuiper Belt beyond – the next visitor touches...

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Looking Back, a Year after Pluto

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) A year after the New Horizons mission made science and space exploration history – the exploration of Pluto completed the era of first reconnaissance of the planets begun by NASA in 1962 – the spacecraft is now nearly 300...

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New Horizons Phones Home

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Watch as the mission operations team at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab receives the signal from New Horizons and confirms a successful flight through the Pluto system. …read more Read more here:: New Horizons...

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The PI’s Perspective: Exploration Ahead!

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) When Principal Investigator Alan Stern tweeted on the morning of July 1 that the mission team was exactly 2.5 years from a hoped-for Kuiper Belt object flyby, little did he know that NASA would announce its approval of the flyby...

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Blog: Rewriting the Playbook on Pluto

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Through all the mission planning and activity, New Horizons scientists were certain that they were going to rewrite textbooks based on what they found at Pluto. Science team member Richard Binzel writes about the team’s...

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The Jagged Shores of Pluto’s Highlands

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) A new enhanced color image from New Horizons zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto’s great ice plains, where the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula. …read more Read more here::...

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The Jagged Shores of Pluto’s Highlands

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) This enhanced color view from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto’s great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun...

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The Jagged Shores of Pluto’s Highlands

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) This enhanced color view from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto’s great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun...

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Secrets Revealed from Pluto’s ‘Twilight Zone’

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) New Horizons took this stunning image only minutes after passing Pluto; looking back at Pluto with images like this gives scientists information about Pluto’s hazes and surface properties that they can’t get from...

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Pluto’s ‘Twilight Zone’ (Full Image)

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle -that is, with the sun on the other side of Pluto,...

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Secrets Revealed from Pluto’s ‘Twilight Zone’

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle -that is, with the sun on the other side of Pluto,...

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Pluto’s Heart: Like a Cosmic ‘Lava Lamp’

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Like a cosmic lava lamp, a large section of Pluto’s icy surface is being constantly renewed by a process called convection that replaces older surface ices with fresher material. …read more Read more here::...

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Pluto’s Heart: Like a Cosmic ‘Lava Lamp’

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Like a cosmic lava lamp, a large section of Pluto’s icy surface is being constantly renewed by a process called convection that replaces older surface ices with fresher material. Scientists from NASA’s New Horizons...

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New Horizons’ Best Close-Up of Pluto’s Surface

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Check out the most detailed view of Pluto’s surface you’ll likely see for a long time. A new mosaic includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by New Horizons from the July 2015 Pluto flyby. …read more...

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New Horizons’ Best Close-Up of Pluto’s Surface

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) This mosaic strip, extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe. With a resolution of...

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Blog: Behind the Lens at New Horizons’ Pluto Flyby

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Scientist Henry Throop, who pointed his camera at his friends and colleagues during the New Horizons Pluto encounter, shares some of his favorite images from this epic journey to the frontier of the solar system. …read...

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Pluto’s ‘Fretted’ Terrain

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) New Horizons scientists have spotted an expanse of terrain they describe as “fretted,” and unlike anything they’ve seen on Pluto so far. …read more Read more here:: NASA’s Pluto...

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Pluto’s ‘Fretted’ Terrain

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) In looking over images of Plutos informally named Venera Terra region, New Horizons scientists have spotted an expanse of terrain they describe as fretted. As shown in the enhanced-color image at top, this terrain consists of...

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