NASA'S Mission to Pluto

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 (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 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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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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New Horizons Spies a Kuiper Belt Companion

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) In July 2016, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft observed the Kuiper Belt Object Quaoar ("Kwa-war"), which at 690 miles or 1,100 kilometers in diameter is roughly half the size of Pluto. This animated sequence shows composite images...

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Pluto’s Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) This area is south of Pluto's dark equatorial band informally named Cthulhu Regio, and southwest of the vast nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planitia. North is at the top; in the western portion of the image, a...

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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 Pluto Stamp Earns Guinness World Record

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) The 1991 "Pluto Not Yet Explored" stamp on board the New Horizons spacecraft has earned a Guinness World Record for the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp. ...read more Read more here:: NASA’s Pluto...

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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 down...

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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 Science...

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