New Horizons

Look Out, Pluto! Spacecraft Will Fly By In Less Than One Year

by Elizabeth Howell July 15, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Countdown! Just under one year from now, the New Horizons will finally reach its mission goal after sailing through the solar system for the better part of a decade. It will fly by the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons on […]

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New Horizons Enters ‘Pluto-Space!’ To Celebrate, Here Are Pictures Of The Dwarf Planet

by Elizabeth Howell July 7, 2014

After almost nine years on the road, New Horizons is in what NASA calls “Pluto-space”! Earlier today (July 7), the spacecraft Twitter account announced New Horizons is now 29.8 Earth-sun distances (astronomical units) away from the Sun, putting it within the boundaries of Pluto’s eccentric orbit — exciting, since Pluto is the primary science target. […]

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Where To Go After Pluto? Hubble Seeks The Next Target For New Horizons

by Elizabeth Howell June 17, 2014

It’s going to be a really busy summer for the New Horizons team. While they’re checking out the newly awakened spacecraft to make sure it’s working properly for its close encounter with Pluto next year, NASA is already thinking about where to put it next: possibly towards a Kuiper Belt Object! So now the Hubble […]

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New Horizons Wakes Up for the Summer

by Jason Major June 16, 2014

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. The next time New Horizons awakens from hibernation in December, it will be beginning […]

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An Ocean On Pluto’s Moon? Hopeful Scientists Will Keep An Eye Out For Cracks

by Elizabeth Howell June 13, 2014

It’s a lot of speculation right now, but the buzz in a new NASA study is Pluto’s largest moon (Charon) could have a cracked surface. If the New Horizons mission catches these cracks when it whizzes by in 2015, this could hint at an ocean underneath the lunar surface — just like what we talk […]

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