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News Archive / Tagged: LORRI

  • Brightness of galaxies measured using New Horizons’ data; probe enters hibernation

    Laurel KornfeldApril 13th, 2017

    A team of astrophysicists is using images captured by NASA's New Horizons probe during its nine-and-a-half-year journey to Pluto to measure the brightness of all the galaxies in the universe.

  • Charon’s chasms suggest it once had a subsurface ocean

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 22nd, 2016

    A belt of chasms running along the equator of Pluto's largest moon, Charon, suggests it once harbored a subsurface ocean that eventually froze and expanded outward.

  • Geological map of Pluto’s surface allows scientists to trace its history

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 15th, 2016

    NASA's New Horizons mission scientists have created a geological map of Pluto's surface that provides key insights into its varied terrains and how they formed and evolved over time.

  • On anniversary of launch, New Horizons returns hi-res images of Pluto’s haze, possible cryovolcano

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 19th, 2016

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the highest resolution images yet of Pluto's layered blue atmospheric haze and of a large mountain suspected by scientists to be a cryovolcano.

  • 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 releases close-ups in color, zooms in on pits

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 14th, 2015

    Close-up, high-resolution images of a 50-mile (80-km) region on Pluto's encounter side first released last week in black and white have been re-released by NASA's New Horizons team as an enhanced color mosaic.

  • 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.

  • Image montages show one full day on Pluto and Charon

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 22nd, 2015

    The team working on NASA's New Horizons mission has released the best images to date of each side of the distant worlds Pluto and Charon taken by the New Horizons spacecraft. The images have been compiled together to illustrate one full day on each of the two icy bodies and come more than four months after the nuclear-powered probe conducted its flyby of the Plutonian system.

  • 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.

  • Charon: a beautiful world with a violent past

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 3rd, 2015

    This week, newly released data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has put Pluto's largest moon, Charon, in the spotlight – revealing it to be a colorful and beautiful world that had experienced a violent past.

  • 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.

  • Pluto surprises scientists with atmospheric haze and flowing ice

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 24th, 2015

    Pluto’s complex surface geology and unusual atmosphere continue to baffle scientists almost two weeks after the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft returns data from the historic July 14, 2015, flyby. Images taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), released at a press conference on Friday, July 24, show evidence […]

  • New Horizons conducts historic Pluto flyby

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 15th, 2015

    At 7:49 a.m. EDT (12:49 GMT), July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to the Pluto system, flying within 7,750 miles (12,472 km) of Pluto’s surface. At the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland, more than a thousand people, including APL employees, mission team members, guests, and media […]

  • Pluto found bigger than previously thought as excitement builds over flyby

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 14th, 2015

    On the eve of New Horizons’ historic Pluto flyby, the decades-long question of Pluto’s size has finally been answered: Pluto is larger than previously thought – it has a diameter of 1,478 miles (2,370 km). The finding comes from images taken by the spacecraft’s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI). It means Pluto is the largest known […]