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Jul 15, 2014 02:36 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
A year from today a NASA probe will beam back photos of Pluto's surface -- but scientists aren't entirely sure what we'll see. Continue reading →
Mar 26, 2014 02:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
After a decade of searching, astronomers have found a second dwarf-like planet far beyond Pluto and its Kuiper Belt cousins, a presumed no-man’s land that may turn out to be anything but.
Jan 22, 2014 01:33 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Astronomers analyzing data from the now defunct Herschel infrared space observatory have made a huge discovery deep inside the asteroid belt -- Ceres, the largest body in the region, is generating plumes of water vapor. Continue reading →
Dec 17, 2013 04:13 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
In new images of Vesta, an unusual, yet beautiful, look at the massive asteroid's mineral history has been made possible.
Nov 15, 2013 03:41 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
This is Pluto, rendered from real data gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope. Continue reading →
Oct 7, 2013 11:29 AM ET // Ray Villard
There were fears that if NASA's New Horizons mission reached Pluto too late, the dwarf planet's atmosphere would have frozen out. But fear not! It appears the little world's air is actually getting thicker. Continue reading →
Oct 16, 2011 11:48 PM ET // Jason Major
There's a size war being waged at the outskirts of our solar system, and it looks like Pluto may come out as the reigning champ.
Dec 6, 2011 11:11 AM ET // Jason Major
NASA's New Horizons probe has achieved another milestone on its already historic mission to our solar system's erstwhile ninth planet: it is now the closest any spacecraft has ever come to Pluto.