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New Horizons Wakes Up for the Summer

by Jason Major June 16, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter While many kids in the U.S. are starting their school summer vacations, New Horizons is about to get back to work! Speeding along on its way to Pluto the spacecraft has just woken up from hibernation, a nap it began five months (and 100 million miles) ago. […]

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Proposed Balloon Ride Would Let You See The Blackness Of Space

by Elizabeth Howell October 23, 2013

Doesn’t that look fun? A startup company is proposing to send customers 19 miles (30 kilometers) into the air via balloon, where they can linger for two hours and look at the curvature of the Earth and experience a black sky. While it’s not high enough to qualify as a spaceflight, the listed ticket price […]

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Golden Spike Still Needs Your Help to Get to the Moon

by Jason Major April 9, 2013

Last December the Golden Spike Company announced its plans to enable private-sector lunar exploration missions which would be feasible, profitable, and possible — even without government funding. Comprised of veteran space program executives, managers, and engineers, Golden Spike intends to stand on the shoulders of current space technology to develop lunar transportation systems that can be used […]

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New Horizons’ Pluto Stamp is One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality

by Jason Major February 26, 2013

A little over a year ago Alan Stern, principal investigator on the New Horizons mission, announced the team’s plans to have a Forever Stamp issued by the US Postal Service commemorating the New Horizons spacecraft along with its targets, Pluto and Charon. Thousands signed the petition, and today the team announced a long-awaited update to […]

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New Horizons May Need to ‘Bail Out’ to Dodge Debris, Rings and Moons in the Pluto System

by Nancy Atkinson October 16, 2012

Artist’s concept shows the New Horizons spacecraft during its 2015 encounter with Pluto and its moon, Charon. Credit: JHUAPL/SwRI Since the New Horizons spacecraft left Earth back in 2006, there are a few things we know about the Pluto system now that we didn’t know then. For instance, it was discovered Pluto has two additional […]

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