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 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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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'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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
New data from the Pluto flyby of the New Horizons spacecraft showed that nitrogen is escaping from the dwarf planet and into space at a much lower rate than expected due to a cooling effect in the atmosphere.
Space March 18, 2016
Pluto and its family of moons are presenting astronomers with a wealth of new questions about the distant worlds. What mysteries has the New Horizons spacecraft revealed now?
Space March 17, 2016
Pluto looks like a 'large, chewable malted ball.' Now, new images from New Horizons revealed a wide bite mark on the dwarf planet's surface. How did that happen?
Space March 12, 2016