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News Archive / Tagged: Kuiper Belt

  • New Horizons reveals striking features on Charon

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 13th, 2015

    Charon has got its turn in New Horizons’ spotlight on July 11, with its latest images showing striking features, revealing the large moon to be a geologically active world. Its surface is pockmarked with chasms and craters, evidence that the small world has undergone faulting and surface disruption, according to Geology and Geophysics Investigation team (GGI) […]

  • New Horizons team planning on resuming science on July 7

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 6th, 2015

    Following an hour and twenty-minute glitch during which contact between NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft and Earth was lost, members of the mission team are working around the clock to restore normal function. The issues with the spacecraft that is rapidly approaching its primary target occurred in the late hours of July 4. By the next day, […]

  • New Horizons team responds to spacecraft anomaly

    NASAJuly 5th, 2015

    The New Horizons spacecraft experienced an anomaly [on] the afternoon of July 4 that led to a loss of communication with Earth. Communication has since been reestablished and the spacecraft is healthy.

  • New Horizons starts first phase of Pluto encounter

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 19th, 2015

    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft began the first of several phases of its historic rendezvous with Pluto on Thursday, Jan. 15, exactly six months before its closest approach to the small planet. This early phase, after nine years and three billion miles of travel across the solar system, marks the beginning of optical navigation, when the spacecraft will, […]

  • New Horizons awakens from final hibernation

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 7th, 2014

    From a distance of 2.9 billion miles across the vastness of the solar system, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft confirmed Dec. 6 that it successfully awakened from its 19th and final hibernation. At 9:28 p.m. EST (0230 GMT), after waiting nearly four and a half hours for the signal to travel to Earth, mission controllers at the Johns […]