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News Archive / Tagged: New Horizons

  • Engine burn puts New Horizons on track to Ultima Thule

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 9th, 2018

    The New Horizons spacecraft is heading toward its next destination - using an extreme maneuver at the very edge of the solar system.

  • New Horizons team completes final trial run of Ultima Thule flyby

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 30th, 2018

    When you're headed toward an object in the outer reaches of our solar system - what is one of the most important things you have to do?

  • New Horizons Science Chat discusses Ultima Thule flyby

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 21st, 2018

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is now closer to its second target, Ultima Thule, than the Earth is to the Sun, and with the flyby just over 100 days away, mission scientists are actively preparing for the encounter.

  • New Horizons scientists successfully observe second target during stellar occultation

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 14th, 2018

    New Horizons' scientists successfully observed Ultima Thule, the spacecraft's second target, from Senegal on Aug. 4, 2018, when the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) passed in front of an occulted star.

  • New study rejects IAU rationale for demoting Pluto

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 13th, 2018

    Is Pluto a planet? A new study questions the controversial decision that was handed down by the International Astronomical Union.

  • New Horizons takes first images of Ultima Thule

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 30th, 2018

    From a distance of more than 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) and against a background filled with stars, New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) took the first images of its second target, Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) Ultima Thule.

  • New Horizons may have detected hydrogen wall at solar system’s edge

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 16th, 2018

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, now on its way to its second target, may have detected evidence of a wall of hydrogen that scientists theorize exists at the boundary between the heliosphere, a bubble-like region influenced by the solar wind, and interstellar space.

  • Pluto’s Earth-like glaciers puzzle scientists

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 14th, 2018

    Data returned by NASA's New Horizons mission shows Pluto has extremely high mountains, where glaciation appears to be occurring, a finding scientists cannot fully explain.

  • New Horizons scientists observe stellar occultation by Ultima Thule

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 4th, 2018

    As they did three times last summer, NASA's New Horizons team will observe a stellar occultation by the spacecraft's second target, Ultima Thule, from the narrow path where the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) will cast its shadow.

  • Topographic maps reveal surface details on Pluto and Charon

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 14th, 2018

    Researchers on NASA's New Horizons team have put together global topographic maps of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, which vividly depict the stunning variety of terrains on both worlds.

  • New Horizons exits hibernation to prepare for KBO flyby

    Laurel KornfeldJune 9th, 2018

    NASA's New Horizons probe has been awakened from nearly six months in hibernation to enable the mission team to start preparations for its flyby of Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) Ultima Thule (also known as 2014 MU69) in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2019.

  • Pluto’s surface may have dunes of methane ice

    Laurel KornfeldJune 2nd, 2018

    A new study of Pluto surface images captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft suggests the dwarf planet has dunes likely composed of methane ice.

  • Chasing New Horizons: An epic exploration to a strange new world

    Laurel KornfeldMay 9th, 2018

    Close to three years after the historic New Horizons Pluto flyby wowed the world, mission principal investigator Alan Stern and astrobiologist and mission science team member David Grinspoon tell the riveting story of a monumental exploration 26 years in the making in their new book Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto.

  • IAU approves names for features on Charon

    Laurel KornfeldApril 18th, 2018

    The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has accepted a list of names for features on Pluto's largest moon, Charon, submitted by NASA's New Horizons mission team.

  • New Horizons’ next target nicknamed Ultima Thule

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 16th, 2018

    Following a public naming campaign that drew 115,000 participants, NASA's New Horizons team has selected the name Ultima Thule for the spacecraft's second target, Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, which the probe is scheduled to fly past on New Year's Day 2019.