Four out of the five moons of Pluto have been discovered in the last ten years -- two of them after the New Horizon's spacecraft began its 9-and-half-year journey to the dwarf planet. Could there be more uncharted moons and hidden dangers lurking?
For the most part, Pluto’s four small moons appear to orbit harmoniously and precisely around the equatorial region of the dwarf planet, but appearances can be deceiving.
NASA's New Horizons team have pored over observational data beamed back to Earth from the speeding spacecraft and concluded, at least for now, the coast is clear for a flyby of dwarf planet Pluto.
Having already discerned the dwarf planet has distinct surface features, NASA's New Horizons mission has now spotted not just Pluto's largest moons, but the smallest natural satellites too.
Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has locked onto Pluto's location, helping NASA's New Horizons spacecraft get to the right place at the right time. Continue reading →
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 →
NASA's New Horizons probe has spotted something right next to Pluto -- a pixelated Charon, the dwarf planet's largest moon. Continue reading →
Congratulations Pluto! We've named your cute little bundles of rock after deities of the Underworld! Continue reading →