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Floating Hills on Pluto's Sputnik Planum

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Sputnik Planum

The nitrogen ice glaciers on Pluto appear to carry an intriguing cargo: numerous, isolated hills that may be fragments of water ice from Pluto's surrounding uplands.


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Pluto's Blue Atmosphere in the Infrared

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Pluto's atmosphere

This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is the first look at Pluto's atmosphere in infrared wavelengths, and the first image of the atmosphere made with data from the New Horizons Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) instrument.

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Pluto's Widespread Water Ice

Pluto's Widespread Water Ice

Data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft point to more prevalent water ice on Pluto's surface than previously thought.


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Possible Ice Volcano on Pluto

Possible Ice Volcano on Pluto

Scientists with NASA's New Horizons mission have assembled this highest-resolution color view of one of two potential cryovolcanoes spotted on the surface of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015.


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Pluto's Haze in Bands of Blue

Pluto's Haze in Bands of Blue

This processed image is the highest-resolution color look yet at the haze layers in Pluto's atmosphere.


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High Resolution Imagery of Pluto's Sputnik Planum

High Resolution Imagery of Pluto's Sputnik Planum

"X" marks the spot of some intriguing surface activity in the latest picture of Pluto returned from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.


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Video: Pluto - Evidence of Possible Frozen Volcanoes

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Another first from Pluto: frozen volcanoes in the distant solar system.


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Zooming in on Pluto's Pattern of Pits

Zooming in on Pluto's Pattern of Pits

On July 14 the telescopic camera on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took the highest resolution images ever obtained of the intricate pattern of "pits" across a section of Pluto's prominent heart-shaped region, informally named Tombaugh Regio.


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Video: Simulating Space Weather at Pluto

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This video shows a simulation of the space environment all the way out to Pluto in the months surrounding New Horizons' July 2015 flyby.


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Video: New Horizons' Best View of Pluto's Craters, Mountains and Icy Plains

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This movie is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby on July 14, 2015.


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New High Resolution Images of Pluto

New High Resolution Images of Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby and the best close-ups of Pluto that humans may see for decades


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A Day on Pluto and Charon

A Day on Pluto and Charon

During its approach to Pluto and Charon New Horizons took these photos of a day on each world.


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Video: Pluto's Spinning Moons

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Most inner moons in the solar system keep one face pointed toward their central planet; this animation shows that certainly isn't the case with the small moons of Pluto, which behave like spinning tops. Pluto is shown at center with, in order, from smaller to wider orbit: Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, Hydra.


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More Strange Things On and Around Pluto

More Strange Things On and Around Pluto

From possible ice volcanoes to twirling moons, NASA's New Horizons science team is discussing more than 50 exciting discoveries about Pluto at this week's 47th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in National Harbor, Maryland.


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The Youngest Crater on Charon?

The Youngest Crater on Charon?

New Horizons scientists have discovered a striking contrast between one of the fresh craters on Pluto's largest moon Charon and a neighboring crater dotting the moon's Pluto-facing hemisphere.


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A Full View of a Crescent Pluto

A Full View of a Crescent Pluto

In September, the New Horizons team released a stunning but incomplete image of Pluto's crescent.


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New Imagery of Pluto's Moon Kerberos

New Imagery of Pluto's Moon Kerberos

Images of Pluto's tiny moon Kerberos taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft and just sent back to Earth this week complete the family portrait of Pluto's moons.


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New Horizons Publishes First Pluto Research Paper

New Horizons Publishes First Pluto Research Paper

New Horizons has revealed a degree of diversity and complexity in the Pluto system that few expected in the frigid outer reaches of the solar system.


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Pluto's Striking Surface Variations

Pluto's Striking Surface Variations

University of Maryland astronomers Silvia Protopapa and Douglas Hamilton are among the authors of the first published paper from the New Horizons flyby, which appears in the Oct. 16, 2015, issue of the journal Science.


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Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

The first color images of Pluto's atmospheric hazes, returned by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft last week, reveal that the hazes are blue.


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Video: Flying Over Charon, One of Pluto's Moons

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Images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft were used to create this flyover video of Pluto's largest moon, Charon.


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Charon Reveals a Colorful and Violent History

Charon Reveals a Colorful and Violent History

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has returned the best color and the highest resolution images yet of Pluto's largest moon, Charon and these pictures show a surprisingly complex and violent history.


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More Strange Images of Pluto

More Strange Images of Pluto

The newest high-resolution images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons are both dazzling and mystifying, revealing a multitude of previously unseen topographic and compositional details.


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Video: The Many Mysteries of Pluto

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Before NASA's New Horizons probe flew past Pluto in July 2015, almost all of the information scientists had about this mysterious dwarf planet came from observations made by Hubble.


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Video: Art Meets Science in New Pluto Aerial Tour

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The latest images (as of Sept. 11, 2015) downloaded from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft were stitched together and rendered on a sphere to make this flyover.


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Pluto's Majestic Mountains, Frozen Plains and Foggy Hazes

Pluto's Majestic Mountains, Frozen Plains and Foggy Hazes

Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured this near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto's horizon.


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New Pluto Images from NASA

New Pluto Images from NASA

New close-up images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveal a bewildering variety of surface features that have scientists reeling because of their range and complexity.



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