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NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Less Than A Year From Pluto Flyby
2014-07-15 09:44:15

[ Watch the Video: ScienceCasts: One Year To Pluto ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA says its New Horizons spacecraft is only one year away from Pluto, slated to make an historic flyby on July 14, 2015 and give the Earthlings never before seen images of the distant world. “Because Pluto has never been visited up-close by a spacecraft from Earth, everything we see will be a first. I know this will be an astonishing experience full of history making...

NASA New Horizon Probe To Get Help From Hubble Space Telescope
2014-07-03 14:09:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 2006, NASA launched its New Horizons probe to explore the outer reaches of our Solar System and beyond. Fast forward eight years and the craft is now going to be getting a little direction with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope. The space agency announced on Wednesday that Hubble will begin searching for an ideal outer solar system object that New Horizons could fly by as it moves past Pluto in July 2015. The Hubble will...

Pluto's Moon Charon Spotted By New Horizons
2013-07-12 04:08:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has been Pluto-bound since its launch January 19, 2006. Using its highest-resolution telescopic camera, the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), New Horizons has spotted Pluto's Texas-sized, ice covered moon Charon for the first time, representing a major milestone on the 9.5 year journey. The spacecraft's mission is to conduct initial reconnaissance of the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt, and this...

Pluto Small Moons Named Kerberos And Styx
2013-07-02 11:35:30

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previously known simply as P4 and P5, the two smallest moons of the dwarf planet Pluto have officially been given new names. Discovered in 2011 and 2012 respectively, these two tiny bodies were found only after deep exposures using the Hubble Space Telescope. In order to choose new names for the icy bodies, an Internet poll was conducted in February of 2012. More than 500,000 votes were cast, half of which originated outside of...

Star Trek Fans Pick Vulcan As Name For One Of Pluto's Moons
2013-02-26 07:42:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Star Trek fans everywhere have a reason to rejoice today as a contest to name one of Pluto´s two previously unnamed moons ended with one Spock-tacular name reaching, for lack of a better term, warp speed. William Shatner, the man best known for his role as Captain James Tiberius Kirk on the 1960´s television sci-fi classic, which later spawned a large movie franchise and several spin-offs, proposed Vulcan as the name of...

Help Name Pluto's Moons
2013-02-11 13:00:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ever wanted your say in the naming of a cosmic object such as a moon? Well, scientists are opening up that door by asking people to vote for the name of two of Pluto's small moons. Currently, the two moons getting a name change are "P4" and "P5." Astronomers have specified that these small moons are in need of names that coincides with Pluto's theme for names associated with the Greek god Hades, ruler of the underworld. Pluto's other...

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2012-07-12 12:53:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists announced on Wednesday they have discovered the smallest moon yet, orbiting around the dwarf planet Pluto. The discovery was made by a team of scientists who used the Hubble Space Telescope to scout out Pluto's neighborhood ahead of a NASA spacecraft that is scheduled to arrive in 2015. The new moon, known as P5 currently, appeared as a small fleck in the Hubble images, and scientists believe it is about 6 to 15 miles...

Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto Discovered By Hubble
2012-07-11 20:53:03

A team of astronomers using NASA´s Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit around Pluto that is assumed to be co-planar with the other satellites in the system. “The moons form a series of neatly nested orbits, a bit like Russian dolls,” said team lead Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute...

2011-07-20 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope discovered a fourth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The tiny, new satellite -- temporarily designated P4 -- was uncovered in a Hubble survey searching for rings around the dwarf planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The new moon is the smallest discovered around Pluto. It has an estimated diameter of 8 to 21 miles (13 to 34 km). By comparison,...

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2010-02-04 13:40:00

NASA has released the most detailed and dramatic images ever taken of the distant dwarf planet Pluto. The images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show an icy, mottled, dark molasses-colored world undergoing seasonal surface color and brightness changes. Pluto has become significantly redder, while its illuminated northern hemisphere is getting brighter. These changes are most likely consequences of surface ice melting on the sunlit pole and then refreezing on the other pole, as the dwarf...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Charon -- Charon is the only known satellite of Pluto. Charon was discovered by astronomer James Christy in 1978 using photographic plates which showed a bulge moving around Pluto. Christy named it after the Greek mythological figure Charon but pronounced it differently. The "ch" at the beginning of the moon's name is soft so it sounds like "Sharon," after the astronomer's wife Charlene, nicknamed Char, which both have soft ch sounds. The mythological figure's name is...

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