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Video: The Wait - New Horizons at Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will do its closest flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015. "The Wait" alludes to not just New Horizons' 9-year, 3-billion-mile journey, but also the anticipation of people from all walks of life, excited about the first good look at Pluto.


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Color Images Reveal Two Distinct Faces of Pluto

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Pluto and Charon

New color images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show two very different faces of the mysterious dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced.

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New Horizons Stays the Course to Pluto

New Horizons Stays the Course to Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is getting a final "all clear" as it speeds closer to its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto and the dwarf planet's five moons.


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Countdown to Pluto Mission Update: June 30, 2015

Countdown to Pluto Mission Update: June 30, 2015 Video in Story

Follow New Horizons on its incredible journey as it nears the edge of the planetary system and speeds toward a historic July 14 flyby of Pluto.


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Countdown to Pluto Mission Update: June 23, 2015

Countdown to Pluto Mission Update: June 23, 2015 Video in Story

Weekly pre-flyby updates aired June 23 on NASA TV provides an overview of the New Horizons mission, the spacecraft and its suite of instruments being prepared for a July 14 flyby, and a summary of Pluto science to date.


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Pluto and Charon: The First Color Movie

Pluto and Charon: The First Color Movie

The first color movies from NASA's New Horizons mission show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, and the complex orbital dance of the two bodies, known as a double planet.


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Countdown to Pluto Mission Update: June 16, 2015

Countdown to Pluto Mission Update: June 16, 2015

Follow New Horizons on its incredible journey as it nears the edge of the planetary system and speeds toward a historic July 14 flyby of Pluto.


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Ice Worlds: The Year of Pluto - Introduction and Documentary to the New Horizons Mission

Ice Worlds: The Year of Pluto - Introduction and Documentary to the New Horizons Mission Video in Story

The New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt - a relic of solar system formation.


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Different Faces of Pluto Are Emerging

Different Faces of Pluto Are Emerging

The surface of Pluto is becoming better resolved as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft speeds closer to its July flight through the Pluto system.


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Countdown to Pluto Mission Update: June 9, 2015

Countdown to Pluto Mission Update: June 9, 2015 Video in Story

Follow New Horizons on its incredible journey as it nears the edge of the planetary system and speeds toward a historic July 14 flyby of Pluto. We don't know what we'll learn about Pluto and its moons--all the science team is predicting is to "expect to be surprised."


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Video: Hubble Observations Reveal New Insights into the Behavior of Pluto's Moons

Video: Hubble Observations Reveal New Insights into the Behavior of Pluto's Moons Video in Story

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) hosted this Google Hangout to discuss this weeks new results about Pluto.


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Hubble Finds Two Chaotically Tumbling Pluto Moons

Hubble Finds Two Chaotically Tumbling Pluto Moons

If you lived on one of Pluto's moons Nix or Hydra, you'd have a hard time setting your alarm clock. That's because you could not know for sure when, or even in which direction, the sun would rise.


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 More Detail From Pluto

More Detail From Pluto

What a difference 20 million miles makes! Images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are growing in scale as the spacecraft approaches its mysterious target.


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New Horizons Detects Pluto Surface Features

New Horizons Detects Pluto Surface Features

For the first time, images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto the primary target of the New Horizons close flyby in mid-July.


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Video: Pluto on the Horizon - Anticipating our First Encounter with the Double Planet

Video: Pluto on the Horizon - Anticipating our First Encounter with the Double Planet Video in Story

In the latest Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute, discusses NASA's New Horizon mission to Pluto.


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New Horizons Returns New Images of Pluto

New Horizons Returns New Images of Pluto

Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh could only dream of a spacecraft flying past the small planet he spotted on the edges of the solar system in 1930.


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New Horizons Redefines Definition of

New Horizons Redefines Definition of "Planet" and "Moon"

Based on stories in the New York Times (and elsewhere) it would seem that the NASA New Horizons mission team is redefining what it means to be a "planet" and a "moon". Do NASA and the IAU agree?



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