New Horizons

Watch Live: New Horizons Crosses Neptune’s Orbit En Route To Pluto

by Elizabeth Howell August 25, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Another milestone for the Pluto-bound New Horizons mission — it’s crossing the orbit of Neptune today, as it prepares to fly by Pluto next August. In celebration, NASA is holding two live events at headquarters in Washington, D.C. starting at 1 […]

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Watch Pluto and Charon Engage in Their Orbital Dance

by Jason Major August 7, 2014

Now here’s something I guarantee you’ve never seen before: a video of the dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon Charon showing the two distinctly separate worlds actually in motion around each other! Captured by the steadily-approaching New Horizons spacecraft from July 19–24, the 12 images that comprise this animation were acquired with the Long Range […]

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Where Exactly Is Pluto? Pinpoint Precision Needed For New Horizons Mission

by Elizabeth Howell August 6, 2014

When you have a spacecraft that takes the better part of a decade to get to its destination, it’s really, really important to make sure you have an accurate fix on where it’s supposed to be. That’s true of the Rosetta spacecraft (which reached its comet today) and also for New Horizons, which will make […]

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

by Elizabeth Howell July 15, 2014

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 July 14, 2015, showing us the surface of these distant bodies for the very […]

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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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