New Horizons Wakes for Historic Kuiper Belt Flyby

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is “awake” and being prepared for the farthest planetary encounter in history – a New Year’s Day 2019 flyby of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule. …read...

Pluto’s Largest Moon Gets Its First Official Feature Names

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Legendary explorers and visionaries, real and fictitious, are among those immortalized in the first set of official surface-feature names for Pluto’s moon Charon. …read more Read more here:: NASA’s Pluto...

Charon’s First Official Feature Names

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) Map projection of Charon, the largest of Pluto’s five moons, annotated with its first set of official feature names. With a diameter of about 755 miles, the Texas-sized moon is one of largest known objects in the Kuiper...

New Horizons Chooses Nickname for ‘Ultimate’ Flyby Target

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) As New Horizons continues exploring the unknown, the mission team has selected a nickname for its next flyby target in the outer reaches of the solar system. With public input, the team has chosen “Ultima Thule” for...

Long-Distance Kuiper Belt Objects

By Mike.Buckley@jhuapl.edu (M. Buckley) During its extended mission in the Kuiper Belt, New Horizons is aiming to observe at least two-dozen Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), dwarf planets and Centaurs, former KBOs in unstable orbits that cross the orbits of the giant...