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  • Seven co-investigators join New Horizons team

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 17th, 2017

    In anticipation of New Horizons' flyby of its second target – Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 – on January 1, 2019, NASA and Principal Investigator Alan Stern have added seven new co-investigators to the mission team.

  • Ten years later, IAU Pluto vote remains controversial

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 24th, 2016

    In the decade that has passed since the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) controversial vote that demoted Pluto from planet status, people around the world have seen what was once little more than a tiny dot transformed into a complex world via NASA's New Horizons mission.

  • Enhanced color image shows Pluto’s rugged highlands; new textbook will discuss mission findings

    Laurel KornfeldJune 14th, 2016

    The latest image released by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft mission team centers on a dark region of rugged highlands known as Krun Macula, which borders the bottom of Sputnik Planum, the icy plain comprising the left side of Pluto's 'heart'.

  • Strange fractures seen on Pluto’s surface; study considers feasibility of orbiter

    Laurel KornfeldApril 12th, 2016

    Yet another strange feature appears on Pluto's surface in the latest New Horizons data sent back to Earth, as several fractures that converge at a central point result in an image resembling a giant spider.

  • Pluto may once have harbored liquid nitrogen lakes

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 29th, 2016

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has returned images of branching channels and a feature that appears to be a frozen lake suggesting that liquids may have once flowed on the surface of a much 'warmer' Pluto millions or billions of years ago when it had a higher atmospheric pressure than now.

  • Alan Stern outlines New Horizons’ extended mission at Planetary Science Conference

    Michael ColeMarch 24th, 2016

    HOUSTON, Texas — Alan Stern, primary investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, laid out the future of the mission in an address to the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, on Monday, March 21.

  • Science articles discuss wonders, complexity of Pluto system

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 22nd, 2016

    Five articles published in the March 18 issue of the journal Science present a comprehensive view of the Pluto system based on all data sent back by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over the last eight months.

  • New high-resolution images show ice flow on Pluto’s surface

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 9th, 2016

    The first images released in 2016 of Pluto by NASA's New Horizons mission team show the direction of flowing ice on the dwarf planet's surface, along with terrain patterns that suggest thermal convection is taking place on the icy surface of the area known as Sputnik Planum.

  • New insights into Pluto’s geology, composition, and haze presented at conference

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 21st, 2015

    Members of the New Horizons team discussed new details about Pluto's complex geological processes, varied composition, and layered hazes at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

  • New Horizons’ images, animation show Pluto’s surface in stunning detail

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 6th, 2015

    More than four months after its July 14 encounter with Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the highest resolution images of the small world's surface featuring layered craters, icy plains, rugged badlands, cliffs, canyons, water ice crust, and icy mountains.

  • First academic paper presents New Horizons Pluto findings: pits and troughs found on Tombaugh Reggio

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 17th, 2015

    NASA's New Horizons team has published an eight-page academic paper in the October 16 issue of the journal Science. In the paper, the team discusses the New Horizons spacecraft's diverse findings it had discovered when passing through the Pluto system during the vehicle's historic July 14, 2015, flyby.

  • Pluto has blue hazes and surface water ice

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 9th, 2015

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has revealed the first color images of Pluto's atmospheric hazes showing that its sunrises and sunsets are colored blue, according to recent data received last week. The spacecraft has also revealed small regions of exposed water ice on Pluto's surface.

  • Latest Pluto images show bizarre landscapes, vivid colors

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 26th, 2015

    Every image of Pluto sent back by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has both thrilled and perplexed scientists. The latest images – returned on September 19 and 20 – are eliciting the same responses in their high-resolution depictions of the dwarf planet's unusual landscapes and vivid colors.

  • Stunning images of Pluto backlit thrill scientists, viewers

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 18th, 2015

    New panoramic images of Pluto backlit by the Sun, taken only 15 minutes after New Horizons' closest approach on July 14, are thrilling scientists and viewers with stunning details of the dwarf planet's diverse terrains, some of which are surprisingly Earth-like.

  • New Pluto images reveal stunningly diverse terrains, atmosphere

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 12th, 2015

    NASA’s New Horizons has sent back the first in its yearlong downlink of high-resolution images and data from its July 14, 2015, flyby of Pluto. The data, sent from Sept. 5 to 7, revealed a stunning diversity of terrains and a many-layered atmosphere that are leaving scientists in awe.