NASA'S Mission to Pluto

A KBO among the Stars

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) In preparation for the New Horizons flyby of 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019, the spacecraft's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) took a series of 10-second exposures of the background star field near the location of its target...

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Blue Rays: New Horizons’ High-Res Farewell to Pluto

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) This is the highest-resolution color departure shot of Pluto's receding crescent from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken when the spacecraft was 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Pluto. Shown in approximate true...

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New Co-Investigators Add Depth to New Horizons Team

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) With New Horizons speeding toward its next target – a New Year's Day 2019 encounter with 2014 MU69 – mission Principal Investigator Alan Stern and NASA have added some new expertise to the team's roster. ...read more Read more...

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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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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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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 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:: NASA’s...

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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 (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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