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NASA’s New Horizons to Continue Exploring Outer Solar System

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NASA has announced an updated plan to continue New Horizons’ mission of exploration of the outer solar system.  Beginning in fiscal year 2025, New Horizons will focus on gathering unique heliophysics data, which can be readily obtained during an extended,…

Article9 months ago

All Eyes on the Ice Giants

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft plans to observe Uranus and Neptune from its location far out in the outer solar system this fall, and the mission team is inviting the global amateur astronomy community to come along for the ride –…

Article11 months ago

45 Years Ago: Astronomers Discover Pluto’s Moon Charon

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In 1978, astronomers considered Pluto as the solar system’s ninth planet. Its great distance from Earth—on average more than three billion miles—meant they knew little about it, including its exact size. On June 22, 1978, U.S. Naval Observatory astronomer James…

Article12 months ago
Arrokoth looks like two reddish pancakes that merged into a peanut shape.

New Horizons Team Discusses Discoveries from the Kuiper Belt

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New Horizons continues to shed light on the mysterious planets and smaller bodies of the outer solar system.

Article1 year ago

New Horizons Team Adds AI Smarts to Its Kuiper Belt Object Search

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By early 1930, Lowell Observatory junior astronomer Clyde Tombaugh had spent months poring over hundreds of telescopic photo plates in the search for a single moving object – which would turn out to be Pluto, the ninth planet.

Article1 year ago

Update: NASA Extends Exploration for 8 Planetary Science Missions

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Editor’s Note: On May 26, 2022 NASA’s New Horizons mission’s second extended mission proposal was approved for implementation. In the two-year extended mission, New Horizons will conduct multi-disciplinary observations contributing to important science for NASA’s Planetary Science, Heliophysics and Astrophysics…

Article2 years ago

Using “Charon-light,” Researchers Image Pluto’s Dark Side in Faint Moonlight

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made history by returning the first close-up images of Pluto and its moons. Now, through a series of clever methods, researchers led by Tod Lauer of the National Science Foundation’s National Optical Infrared Astronomy Research Lab…

Article3 years ago

Pluto Landmarks Named for Aviation Pioneers Sally Ride and Bessie Coleman

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More than 60 years after Bessie Coleman broke the bonds of terra firma to become the first African American woman and Native American to earn a pilot’s license, Sally Ride blasted off aboard shuttle Challenger to become the first American woman in…

Article3 years ago

NASA’s New Horizons Reaches a Rare Space Milestone

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Now 50 times as far from the Sun as Earth, History-Making Pluto Explorer Photographs Voyager 1’s Location from the Kuiper Belt In the weeks following its launch in early 2006, when NASA’s New Horizons was still close to home, it…

Article3 years ago

New Horizons Spacecraft Answers Question: How Dark Is Space?

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Correction: A prior version of this release indicated that the New Horizons observations were inconsistent with an earlier study that estimated there are 2 trillion galaxies in the universe. The New Horizons observations do not place a constraint on the…

Article3 years ago