After a successful flyby of Pluto in July, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will be redirected to visit a small, icy body known as 2014 MU69, located nearly a billion miles farther into the Kuiper Belt region beyond Neptune.
NASA's New Horizons mission was able to image Pluto moons Nix and Hydra, revealing possible craters and varying surface composition.
The New Horizons mission contains the most distant student experiment in our solar system.
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 →
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