August 13, 2020

Pluto stakes claim as ‘King of the Kuiper Belt’

July 13, 2015

Using high-fidelity modeling and image analysis to resolve Pluto’s exact shape, scientists examining pictures from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft said Monday they have confirmed Pluto is the largest known object in a frozen outer zone of the solar system called the Kuiper Belt.

Pluto probe project manager gives advice to team

July 13, 2015

New Horizons project manager Glen Fountain, a veteran of nearly 50 years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, told the Pluto probe’s team to live in the moment for Tuesday’s historic flyby, but look out for last-minute snags.

Clear sailing expected for Pluto flyby

July 13, 2015

There is no sign of an undiscovered moon lurking around Pluto in data streaming back to Earth from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, and that is surprising to Alan Stern, the scientist in charge of the probe.

See NASA’s Pluto explorer before embarkment from Earth

July 13, 2015

NASA’s New Horizons probe, armored for a nine-year journey through the cold, inhospitable depths of space, launched in January 2006 from Cape Canaveral, and all systems are go for a flyby of Pluto Tuesday. See photos of the spacecraft before it was packaged for launch on an Atlas 5 rocket.

New contact with intractable comet lander

July 10, 2015

Europe’s Rosetta comet probe re-established momentary contact with the Philae lander late Thursday, renewing hopes of starting up the craft’s research instruments after two weeks of radio silence dampened the moods of scientists.

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