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  • On 85th anniversary of Pluto’s discovery, New Horizons images two tiny moons

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 18th, 2015

    On Feb. 18, 1930, Clyde Tombaugh, a young astronomer at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered the planet Pluto while blinking images of the sky taken on Jan. 23 and 29 of that year, in an attemptĀ to find anything that moved against the field of background stars. Eighty-five years later, NASA’s New Horizons mission […]

  • New Horizons celebrates Clyde Tombaugh’s birthday with new Pluto images

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 7th, 2015

    NASA’s New Horizons team celebrated what would have been dwarf planet Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh’s 109th birthday by releasing new photos of Pluto and Charon orbiting each other, taken by the spacecraft for optical navigation purposes on Feb. 4. These images also serve to mark the spacecraft’s approach to and flyby of the tiny world […]