New Horizons' Data of Pluto/Charon Show Rarity of Small Kuiper Belt Objects

Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, as seen by New Horizons in 2015. The lack of smaller craters -less than expected – suggests that small objects less than a mile in size are rare in the Kuiper Belt. Photo Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Alex Parker

The Kuiper Belt is a vast region of rocky debris in the outer Solar […]

New Horizons' Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule Reveals 'Entirely New Kind of World'

The first detailed image of Ultima Thule, showing two rounded lobes with a bright “neck” connecting them. It was taken at 5:01 Universal Time on Jan. 1, 2019, just 30 minutes before closest approach from a range of 18,000 miles (28,000 kilometers), with an original scale of 730 feet (140 meters) per pixel. Image […]

New Horizons On Final Approach to Historic New Years Flyby of Ultima Thule

Ultima Thule as seen by New Horizons on Christmas Eve. Still just a bright dot now, but soon will be seen up close for the first time ever. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is now only two days away from a historic rendezvous with […]

New Horizons Approaching Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away

Artist’s conception of New Horizons at Ultima Thule. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI Illustration/Steve Gribben

Excitement is building again for New Horizons team members and the public alike, as the spacecraft which previously visited Pluto is now only 21 days away from its next historic flyby, some 4 billion miles from Earth and one billion miles beyond […]

Pluto and Beyond: New Horizons' Next Kuiper Belt Rendezvous Only One Year Away

Artist’s conception of 2014 MU69. New Horizons will reach this next target on Jan. 1, 2019. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Alex Parker

Happy New Year! As well as simply the start of a new year, today also marks another significant date – exactly one year from now, the New Horizons spacecraft will encounter its next […]

'Penitentes on Steroids': Scientists Solve Enigma of Pluto's Massive Ice Blades

Pluto’s “bladed terrain” as seen by New Horizons in 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Pluto is an intriguing little world, full of geological surprises, as New Horizons revealed back in 2015. This cold, remote body was expected to be pretty much inactive, but instead we saw a place with nitrogen ice “seas” and glaciers, […]

'Hopping Around' on Pluto? Exciting Lander Mission Concept Presented at NASA Symposium

Illustration depicting how the Pluto lander would land on the surface and then “hop” to different locations. Image Credit: L. Calçada of European Southern Observatory (ESO)

In 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft provided our first up-close look at Pluto and its moons, helping to transform our knowledge about these small, cold worlds in […]

Fly Over Pluto and Charon for Second Anniversary of New Horizons' Historic Visit

Pluto is a world of wonders, with vast glaciers and plains of nitrogen ice, mountains of water ice capped with methane snow, ancient rivers and lakes of liquid nitrogen, massive “ice spikes” reaching 500 meters tall (similar to Penitentes on Earth but much larger), a possible subsurface ocean and a hazy blue atmosphere. […]

New Horizons Team Successfully Observes Transit of Next KBO Target, and Clouds on Pluto!

Four members of the South African observation team, who helped to track the occultation of a star by the KBO called 2014 MU69, the next target for the New Horizons spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Henry Throop

With the Pluto flyby now well behind them, the New Horizons team has been busy preparing for the […]

New Moon Discovered by Hubble Orbiting Third Largest Dwarf Planet in Kuiper Belt

Two images of dwarf planet 2007 OR10 from Hubble, taken a year apart, showing the small moon. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/C. Kiss (Konkoly Observatory)/J. Stansberry (STScI)

Moons are exceedingly common in the Solar System – Jupiter alone has 67! But smaller planets do as well of course, except for Mercury and Venus, and even […]