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News Archive / Tagged: Charon

  • New Horizons data indicates small Kuiper Belt Objects are rare

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 3rd, 2019

    The relatively small number of craters NASA's New Horizons spacecraft found on Pluto's moon Charon indicates very small objects are rare in the Kuiper Belt.

  • Ancient subsurface ocean likely source of Charon’s surface ice

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 25th, 2019

    A study of data returned by New Horizons about Pluto's moon Charon indicates its surface ice originated via eruptions of an ancient subsurface ocean.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NASA releases New Horizons flyover video

    NASAJuly 15th, 2017

    Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer spectacular new perspectives of the many unusual features that were discovered and which have reshaped our views of the Pluto system – from a vantage point even closer than the spacecraft itself.

  • Name themes for Pluto system features approved by IAU

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 26th, 2017

    A set of naming themes for features on Pluto and its five moons, informally used by the New Horizons mission, has been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), which has overseen the naming of celestial objects and their surface features since 1919.

  • New Horizons posters, studies, to be presented at Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 14th, 2017

    Seven poster sessions and seven studies based on data returned by the New Horizons mission will be presented at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, which will be held in The Woodlands, Texas, on March 20–24 of this year (2017).

  • Pluto’s red regions may have been created by Charon-forming impact

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 3rd, 2017

    The dark red regions around Pluto's equator may have their origins in the giant impact that formed its moon Charon four billion years ago, according to a team of Japanese researchers.

  • New Horizons video simulates Pluto landing; Charon had icy tectonic plates

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 29th, 2017

    NASA's New Horizons mission team has released a video simulating a landing on Pluto's surface; it is made up of over 100 images taken by the spacecraft during its July 14, 2015, flyby of the dwarf planet.

  • Charon protects Pluto’s atmosphere from solar wind

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 12th, 2017

    Pluto's largest moon, Charon, acts as a barrier between the solar wind and Pluto's atmosphere, preventing that atmosphere from being stripped away when the large moon is positioned between the Sun and Pluto, according to a new study published in the journal Icarus.

  • Chandra detects Pluto X-rays; Charon’s red polar cap mystery solved

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 16th, 2016

    Observations conducted with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory for comparison with data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft surprised scientists by discovering X-rays coming from Pluto.

  • Pluto’s moon Charon has giant canyon; New Horizons studies small KBO

    Laurel KornfeldJune 28th, 2016

    Argo Chasma, a huge canyon located on the eastern limb of Pluto's largest moon, Charon, is longer, deeper, and more complex than the Grand Canyon on Earth.

  • Present day Pluto likely has subsurface ocean; moons covered in water ice

    Laurel KornfeldJune 23rd, 2016

    Pluto's recent geological activity, as observed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, suggests that the small world still has a subsurface liquid ocean beneath its shell of ice.

  • 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.

  • 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.