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Scientists Find Telltale Signs Of Water On Ultima Thule

New Horizons mission scientists found traces of water ice, methanol, and organic materials on the surface of Ultima Thule. The Kuiper Belt object is the farthest ever explored by the spacecraft.

Space May 21, 2019

Queen Guitarist Brian May Shares Movie Of New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby

Queen's guitarist and astrophysicist Dr. Brian May made a cool music video featuring the celestial object Ultima Thule. According to May, the video is packed with real science and astro technological achievements.

Space March 22, 2019

New Horizons Team Shares Most Detailed Images Of Ultima Thule

The New Horizons team shared the most detailed images of Ultima Thule during the historic Jan. 1 flyby. It showcases many surface details that were not very apparent in earlier images.

Space February 22, 2019

New Image Of Ultima Thule Shows Object's Pancake-Like Shape

New Ultima Thule images reveal that the Kuiper Belt object is likely flatter in shape rather than spherical. It is one of the major discoveries from the historic flyby.

Space February 9, 2019

New Horizons' Latest Image Of Ultima Thule Is The Best View Yet

New Horizons' latest image Ultima Thule is the best view of the object yet. It is the first small KBO ever explored by a spacecraft.

Space January 25, 2019

Queen Guitarist And Scientist Brian May Releases Song About Ultima Thule Flyby

New Horizons now marked its historic visit to Ultima Thule, which is known as the most distant celestial body and the first small object in the Kuiper Belt ever visited by a spacecraft. Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May wrote a song as a tribute to the mission.

Space January 3, 2019

New Horizons Spacecraft To Do A New Year's Flyby Of Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule

New Horizons will flyby object 2014 MU69, also referred to as Ultima Thule, on Jan. 1, 2019 at 12:33 a.m. It will be the first time that a spacecraft has explored the region which is made up of trillions of celestial objects.

Space October 7, 2018

NASA Spacecraft New Horizons Beams Back First Image Of Flyby Target Ultima Thule

New Horizons took the first ever images that showed Ultima Thule. The probe is on its way to fly by the Kuiper Belt Object but will first make its way to 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1.

Space August 30, 2018

New Horizons May Be Approaching Long-Sought Hydrogen Wall At Solar System’s End

Scientists may now have understood the explanation behind the mysterious glow emanating from the edge of the solar system. The source of the strange radiance has been the subject of discussions among experts for the last 30 years.

Space August 14, 2018

NASA's New Horizons Wakes Up To Explore Primitive World Beyond Pluto: What Is Ultima Thule?

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is now headed for a new mission to explore a primitive Kuiper Belt object located a billion miles beyond dwarf planet Pluto. What do scientists currently know about the flyby target Ultima Thule?

Space June 9, 2018

New Horizons Probe Wakes Up From 6 Month Hibernation For New Year's Mission

After six months of electronic hibernation, the New Horizons probe woke up. Its next mission will be a flyby of Ultima Thule, a distant frozen place at the edge of the solar system.

Space June 6, 2018

Exploring Ultima Thule: New Horizons' Next Target MU69 Gets Mythical Nickname

New Horizons' next flyby target has been given the nickname Ultima Thule, which is used for places 'beyond the known world.' As the most primitive and distant object to be explored in history, the name fits MU69 just perfectly.

Space March 16, 2018

NASA Makes History: New Horizons Captures Photos At Greatest Distance From Earth

Last December, the New Horizons spacecraft snapped images of objects along Kuiper Belt. At billions of kilometers away in outer space, these photos set the record for being the farthest to be captured from Earth.

Space February 12, 2018

Next Flyby Target Of NASA's New Horizons Needs A Name

Would you like to name a celestial object? New Horizons is heading to a Kuiper Belt object called 2014 MU69 for its next flyby target, but NASA wants the public to give it a better name.

Space November 8, 2017

Dwarf Planet Pluto Surface Features Get First Official Names

Pluto is getting the attention it deserves as the official names for 14 of its surface features were recently announced. Some of the dwarf planet's features were named after mythologies around the world.

Space September 8, 2017

Detailed Pluto Flyover Reveals Gorgeous Mountain Ranges, Icy Plains [Videos]

The July 2015 Pluto flyby of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent back to Earth the first close-up images of the dwarf planet and its moon Charon. Now, NASA has released new flyover videos to enhance the celestial experience.

Space July 18, 2017

NASA’s New Horizons Probe Starts Well-Deserved 5-Month Nap

NASA's New Horizons has entered hibernation. The process will last until early September and will give the crew enough time to finish developing the spacecraft's following mission.

Space April 13, 2017

This Week, NASA Announces Fresh Discovery On Ocean Worlds In Our Solar System

NASA is holding a major press briefing this week to reveal its newest results on ocean worlds in the solar system. The mysterious event is expected to reveal information that could affect the search for life beyond Earth.

Space April 12, 2017

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Now Halfway Between Pluto And Target Remote Asteroid

The New Horizons spacecraft has reached the halfway point between Pluto and its target Kuiper Belt object, 2014 MU69. What's in store for the probe known for its historic Pluto flyby last year?

Space April 7, 2017

The Prodigal Planet: 5 Interesting Things You Need To Know About Pluto

If NASA’s proposal pushes through, Pluto could be a planet again. Check out five of the most interesting facts about this most-debated-about dwarf planet.

Space February 26, 2017

Ever Wondered What A Pluto Landing Would Be Like? Let NASA Show You

Getting to Pluto was one of NASA’s biggest achievements and the space agency has shared a video showing what the view would have been like if you were landing on the dwarf planet.

Space January 21, 2017

Earth-Like Icy Ridges Found On Pluto: What We Know About This Bladed Terrain So Far

Those icy ridges found on the Tartarus Dorsa region of Pluto are similar to the so-called penitentes on Earth, making it possible for the same features to exist elsewhere in the solar system, a new study has found.

Space January 6, 2017

NASA Finally Has All The Data From New Horizons Pluto Flyby In 2015

NASA's New Horizons Pluto mission has sent back the last bit of data on the Pluto flyby. Traveling 3.1 billion miles, the data had segments of the Pluto moon Charon captured by the Ralph/LEISA.

Space October 29, 2016

What’s Next After Pluto? Reddish Kuiper Belt Object New Target For NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft

The Pluto flyby mission revealed a destination beyond the dwarf planet exhibiting bright red colors. The observations suggest the formation is one of the oldest in our solar system.

Space October 19, 2016

Pluto Emits X-Ray: Scientists Baffled How Dwarf Planet Releases Radiation

Observations made through NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory revealed Pluto emits X-rays. Why are astronomers puzzled by the radiation from the dwarf planet?

Space September 18, 2016

There's A Big Red Spot On Pluto's Moon Charon And Scientists Think They Know Why

The red spot at the north pole of Charon, the largest moon of Pluto, may have been produced by methane from the dwarf planet's atmosphere. How did this reddish region form?

Space September 15, 2016

NASA Visualizes How A Space Probe Would Land On Pluto [Video]

NASA is celebrating the first year anniversary of its successful New Horizons Pluto flyby with a new video released Thursday. The video allows viewers to imagine: what if a space probe touched down on the dwarf planet instead of passing by?

Space July 14, 2016

NASA Pluto Probe New Horizons To Fly By Another Object In The Kuiper Belt

2014 MU69 is believed to be one of the first building blocks of the Solar System and may shed light on planetary accretion. NASA's New Horizons is set to visit this icy Kuiper belt object by 2019.

Space July 4, 2016

Does Pluto Hide A Subsurface Ocean? NASA's New Horizons Hint Liquid Ocean Is Beneath Dwarf Planet's Icy Crust

A present-day liquid ocean could be hiding beneath the icy crust of Pluto. The dwarf planet would have shrunk if its ocean has completely frozen millions of years ago.

Space June 22, 2016

Odd Polygons Suggest Pluto Underwent A Face-Lift

Pluto is far more active than anyone believed. Now, astronomers have discovered the secret of mysterious polygons found on the surface.

Space June 2, 2016

Image Of A Lifetime From Pluto And New Horizons

New Horizons has imaged the surface of Pluto like never before, and likely never again within decades. What does this magnificent new photograph show?

Space May 29, 2016

New Horizons Headed For Summer Trip To 2014 MU69?

A Kuiper Belt object named MU69 could be a relic from the earliest days of our solar system. And this summer's blockbuster in science may be a visit to the distant body by the New Horizons spacecraft.

Space May 21, 2016

New Horizons Images First Kuiper Belt Object Past Pluto

New Horizons has sent its first scientific data on an object beyond the orbit of Pluto. What do these new observations tell astronomers about objects at the edge of the solar system?

Space May 19, 2016

Nearly Pure Water Ice Coats Pluto Moon Hydra

Is Pluto a comet or a planet? The debate continues, but a new finding shows that its outermost moon, Hydra, is coated with nearly pure water ice.

Space May 9, 2016

Pluto Is Looking More Like A Planet After All

The New Horizons spacecraft reveals how solar wind interacts with Pluto. Much like about that distant body, the answer is bizarre.

Space May 8, 2016

Pluto's Strange Haze Might Be The Result Of Gravity Waves

What’s causing the haziness and streaks in the atmosphere of Pluto? NASA and the Horizons team decided to investigate and came up with a possible answer: gravity waves.

Space May 5, 2016

NASA Releases Most Intricate Map To Date Of Pluto's Frozen Surface

Months after the historic Pluto flyby, NASA's New Horizons space probe continues to send data from the dwarf planet. On Saturday, NASA released the most intricate map to date of Pluto's frozen surface.

Space May 3, 2016

New Horizons Team Submits Proposal For Kuiper Belt Extended Mission

There is more mission awaiting the New Horizons space probe after its successful Pluto flyby. But that is if NASA accepts the submitted extended mission proposal.

Space April 28, 2016

Methane Ice On Pluto's 'Halo' Craters Baffles Astronomers

Scientists were left baffled after New Horizons released a new set of photos showing bright halo craters on Pluto. Why the craters made of methane ice were present in one of the regions is a mystery.

Space April 25, 2016

New Horizons Spots Bright 'Halo' Craters On Pluto

Pluto is glowing bright – or at least some of its craters are. NASA has recently shared an image of what could be halo-like craters in the dwarf planet, which may be caused by methane ice presence in their walls and rims.

Space April 24, 2016

Pluto May Be Hiding A Vast Ocean Beneath Its Icy Surface, New Horizons Reveals

A giant ocean appears to be hiding under the frozen surface of Pluto. What has the New Horizons revealed about the distant body?

Space April 10, 2016

NASA's New Horizons Documents Behavior Of Solar Wind When Far From The Sun

Three years' worth of data from the SWAP instrument on the New Horizons spacecraft revealed details about solar wind in the outer solar system. High-energy particles called anomalous cosmic rays, too, may be a radiation threat to astronauts.

Space April 8, 2016

New Horizons Spot Remnants Of Frozen, Former Lake Of Liquid Nitrogen On Pluto

The distant dwarf planet just keeps on surprising the universe. A new high-resolution image from NASA revealed remnants of a frozen former lake on Pluto.

Space March 29, 2016

New Horizons Findings Show Pluto Has Tropical Region

While it's as frigid as it gets, Pluto has its own tropical zones. Scientists discussed at the Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference the dwarf planet's dynamic geological and geographical features - with many more data from the Pluto flyby in July 2015 to come.

Space March 22, 2016

New Horizons' Data Reveal Diverse Terrain Of Dwarf Planet Pluto

Pluto has a geographically diverse surface. Researchers said this is influenced by the dwarf planet's water ice and volatile ices.

Space March 20, 2016

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