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Flying Over Pluto’s Icy Plains and Hillary Mountains.

This simulated flyover of two regions on Pluto, northwestern Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain) and Hillary Montes (Hillary Mountains), was created from New Horizons close-approach images. Sputnik Planum has been informally named for Earth's first artificial satellite, launched in 1957.


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New Horizons at Pluto Mission Briefing - July 24, 2016 Video in Story

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New Horizons at Pluto Mission Briefing - July 24, 2016.

During a July 24 science update at NASA headquarters, new surprising imagery and science results were revealed from the recent flyby of Pluto, by the New Horizons spacecraft.

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Nightside Image Reveals Pluto's Hazy Skies

Nightside Image Reveals Pluto's Hazy Skies

Speeding away from Pluto just seven hours after its July 14 closest approach, the New Horizons spacecraft looked back and captured this spectacular image of Pluto's atmosphere, backlit by the sun.


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Pluto Dazzles in False Color

Pluto Dazzles in False Color

New Horizons scientists use enhanced color images to detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto's surface.


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Another Mountain Range on Pluto

Another Mountain Range on Pluto

A newly discovered mountain range lies near the southwestern margin of Pluto's Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), situated between bright, icy plains and dark, heavily-cratered terrain.


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Pluto's Smaller Moons Nix and Hydra

Pluto's Smaller Moons Nix and Hydra

While Pluto's largest moon Charon has grabbed most of the lunar spotlight, two of Pluto's smaller and lesser-known satellites are starting to come into focus via new images from the New Horizons spacecraft.


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Pluto's Impact on Culture

Pluto's Impact on Culture Video in Story

Griffith Observatory Curator Dr. Laura Danly and Griffith Observatory Director Dr. E.C. Krupp show the latest images of Pluto from New Horizons and illustrate Pluto's impact on culture from its discovery until now.


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Frozen Carbon Monoxide in Pluto's Heart

Frozen Carbon Monoxide in Pluto's Heart

Peering closely at the "heart of Pluto," in the western half of what mission scientists have informally named Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), New Horizons' Ralph instrument revealed evidence of carbon monoxide ice.


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New Horizons News Conference - Capturing the Heart of Pluto

New Horizons News Conference - Capturing the Heart of Pluto Video in Story

NASA wrapped up a week of historic news from Pluto with more amazing images and scientific discoveries. Starting next week, NASA will transition to weekly news conferences as there's new data to present.


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Pluto Wags its Tail: New Horizons Discovers a Cold, Dense Region of Atmospheric Ions Behind Pluto

Pluto Wags its Tail: New Horizons Discovers a Cold, Dense Region of Atmospheric Ions Behind Pluto

New Horizons has discovered a region of cold, dense ionized gas tens of thousands of miles beyond Pluto -- the planet's atmosphere being stripped away by the solar wind and lost to space.


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NASA's New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto's Heart

NASA's New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto's Heart Video in Story

In the latest data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes.


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New Horizons Reveals Pluto's Extended Atmosphere

New Horizons Reveals Pluto's Extended Atmosphere Video in Story

Scientists working with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft have observed Pluto's atmosphere as far as 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) above the surface of the planet, demonstrating that Pluto's nitrogen-rich atmosphere is quite extended. This is the first observation of Pluto's atmosphere at altitudes higher than 170 miles above the planet's surface (270 kilometers).


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Close-up View of Charon

Close-up View of Charon

This new image of an area on Pluto's largest moon Charon has a captivating feature -- a depression with a peak in the middle, shown here in the upper left corner of the inset.


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New Horizons News Conference - Seeing Pluto in a New Light

New Horizons News Conference - Seeing Pluto in a New Light Video in Story

NASA officials and team members of the New Horizons mission to Pluto participate in a news conference featuring release of the first ever close-up images of Pluto's surface and moons, and initial reactions from the New Horizons science team.


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Charon's Surprising Youthful and Varied Terrain

Charon's Surprising Youthful and Varied Terrain

Remarkable new details of Pluto's largest moon Charon are revealed in this image from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), taken late on July 13, 2015 from a distance of 289,000 miles (466,000 kilometers).


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The Icy Mountains of Pluto

The Icy Mountains of Pluto

New close-up images of a region near Pluto's equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body.


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New Horizons Mission Evening Media Briefing - The Spacecraft Survived Encounter

New Horizons Mission Evening Media Briefing - The Spacecraft Survived Encounter Video in Story

After a gut wrenching day for mission team members, New Horizons contacted Earth on schedule and reported its systems were all green and that it had collected the amount of data expected after is closest approach to the ice world.


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New Horizon Phones Home

New Horizon Phones Home Video in Story

NASA TV's coverage of the historic New Horizons mission to Pluto included a the reaction to the transmission by the New Horizons spacecraft of a preprogrammed signal after its closest approach to Pluto.


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New Horizons Phones Home Safe after Pluto Flyby

New Horizons Phones Home Safe after Pluto Flyby

The call everyone was waiting for is in. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft phoned home just before 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday to tell the mission team and the world it had accomplished the historic first-ever flyby of Pluto.


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Pluto and Charon Shine in False Color

Pluto and Charon Shine in False Color

New Horizons has obtained impressive new images of Pluto and its large moon Charon that highlight their compositional diversity.


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New Horizons Mission Media Briefing - Closest Approach

New Horizons Mission Media Briefing - Closest Approach Video in Story

After its closest approach to Pluto NASA held a media briefing to provide a mission update.


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New Horizons Arrives at Pluto

New Horizons Arrives at Pluto Video in Story

At approximately 7:49 a.m. on July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to be as close as it will get to Pluto, approximately 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) above the surface. This historic moment is part of NASA's coverage of New Horizons' nine year, three billion mile journey to the Pluto system to gather data about Pluto and its moons.


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New Spectacular Pluto Image Released

New Spectacular Pluto Image Released

As New Horizons flew by Pluto on its closet approach today NASA released the best ever image of the planet. Should the spacecraft has survived its closet approach and did collect the data it was expected to, we should see much more stunning images in the coming days.


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Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto

Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto

"The exploration of Pluto and its moons by New Horizons represents the capstone event to 50 years of planetary exploration by NASA and the United States," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden."


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New Image: Pluto's Heart

New Image: Pluto's Heart

Pluto's bright, mysterious "heart" is rotating into view, ready for its close-up on close approach, in this image taken by New Horizons on July 12 from a distance of 1.6 million miles (2.5 million kilometers).


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New Horizons Mission: Four Questions

New Horizons Mission: Four Questions Video in Story

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is speeding towards Pluto for the first-ever flyby on July 14, 2015. Scientists are eager to collect data on the dwarf planet's chemical and atmospheric makeup, and the Ralph spectrometer will do just that. Instrument scientist Dennis Reuter discusses Ralph, Pluto, and exploration of our solar system's last frontier, the Kuiper Belt.


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Countdown to Pluto Mission Update: July 13 2015

Countdown to Pluto Mission Update: July 13 2015 Video in Story

T-Minus 1 days and counting before the Pluto flyby. This is the July 13th daily pre-flyby overview of the New Horizons mission, the spacecraft and its suite of instruments and a summary of Pluto science to date from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, site of the mission operations center.



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