In Just a Few Hours, New Horizons Will Fulfill Its Destiny With First Up-Close Exploration of Pluto

On July 11, 2015, New Horizons captured a world that is growing more fascinating by the day. For the first time on Pluto, this view reveals linear features that may be cliffs, as well as a circular feature that could be an impact crater. Rotating into view is the bright heart-shaped feature that will be seen in more detail during New Horizons’ closest approach on July 14. The annotated version includes a diagram indicating Pluto’s north pole, equator, and central meridian. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

A portrait from the final approach. Pluto and Charon display striking color and brightness contrast in this composite image from July 11, showing high-resolution black-and-white LORRI images colorized with Ralph data collected from the last rotation of Pluto. Color data being returned by the spacecraft now will update these images, bringing color contrast into […]

Today's New Pluto Images Plus Updated Media Coverage and Activities for July 14 Flyby

The newest image of Pluto and its largest moon Charon in color, taken on July 8, 2015, by New Horizons. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

New images of Pluto and its largest moon Charon have again been released today, showing these two worlds in ever greater detail. Also, with the New Horizons spacecraft now in its […]

Flight Plan for New Horizons' Historic Pluto Flyby Uploaded to Spacecraft as Surface Details Begin to Emerge

New Horizons scientists combined the latest black and white map of Pluto’s surface features (left) with a map of the planet’s colors (right) to produce a detailed color portrait of the planet’s northern hemisphere (center). Photo Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

New Horizons scientists combined the latest black-and-white map of Pluto’s surface features (left) with a map of the planet’s colors (right) to produce a detailed color portrait of the planet’s northern hemisphere (center). Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

New Horizons is now just 11 days from its historic flyby exploration of the Pluto system, some three billion miles […]

Steady As She Goes: New Horizons Successfully Completes Small Course Correction Prior to Pluto Encounter

An artist’s concept of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its closest approach to Pluto and Charon on July 14. With just four weeks remaining before this much-anticipated spaceflight event, New Horizons remains healthy and on course for its rendezvous with history. Image Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

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Getting Closer! New Horizons Sees Two of Pluto's Smaller Moons for First Time

Long-exposure images taken by New Horizons between Jan. 27 and Feb. 8, 2015, showing the two tiny moons Hydra (inside yellow diamond) and Nix (inside orange diamond). Image Credit: Image credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

The New Horizons spacecraft, on course for a historic encounter with Pluto this summer, is […]

NASA's Van Allen Probes Going Strong After Two Years of Studying Earth's Radiation Belts

NASA’s Van Allen Probes orbit through two giant radiation belts surrounding Earth. In the time since launching two years ago, the probes have discovered a third radiation belt, and other observations have helped explain how particles in the belts can be sped up to nearly the speed of light.Image Caption and Credit: NASA

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NASA to Provide European Space Agency Ingredients for its JUICE

NASA will be contributing to the European Space Agency’s JUICE mission to the icy worlds of Jupiter. Image Credit: ESA

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission will gain three key contributions from NASA. The mission, slated to launch in 2022, is set to explore the gas giant as well […]

Messenger Spacecraft Finds Evidence of Ice on Planet Closest to Sun

Shown in red are areas of Mercury’s north polar region that are constantly in shadow in every image that the MESSENGER spacecraft has acquired to date. These areas are rich in water ice, despite the planet’s close proximity to the sun. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/National Astronomy and […]

ALHAT Updates

Today, the Morpheus Lander, with the ALHAT system integrated with it, performed a tether test. At 00:42, the Hazard Detection System, or HDS, which is located on the upper left-hand side of Morpheus, pitches over to begin its mosaic scan. The HDS uses a flash lidar sensor to scan […]