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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,…

Article8 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 –…

Article10 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…

Article11 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

AAS Awards Laboratory Astrophysics Prize to NASA Goddard Scientist

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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has awarded the 2023 Laboratory Astrophysics Prize to Dr. Reggie Hudson of the Cosmic Ice Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. This prize was announced at the 241st annual meeting of the…

Article1 year ago

NASA Studies Origins of ‘Weird’ Solar System Object: Dwarf Planet Haumea

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Using computer simulations, scientists based at NASA have pieced together the story of how the dwarf planet Haumea, found in the Kuiper Belt of icy worlds beyond the orbit of outermost planet Neptune, became one of the most unusual objects…

Article2 years 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
Image of Stickney Crater on Mars' moon Phobos

10 ‘Super Bowls’ in Our Solar System

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Here are 10 impressively super, bowl-shaped venues adorning worlds in our solar system, including a couple where we've actually made…touchdowns!

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