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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...

2014-06-16 12:21:06

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The planned search will involve targeting a small area of sky in search of a Kuiper Belt object (KBO) for the outbound spacecraft to...

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2014-06-14 03:49:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If there are cracks on the ice-covered surface of Charon, an upcoming analysis of those fractures could help determine whether or not the interior of Pluto’s moon was warm enough to have been home to a subterranean ocean of liquid water. In April, research funded by the US space agency and published in the journal Icarus reported how tidally-driven fractures could have formed on the moon if its orbit was previously eccentric....

New Horizons Closer To Pluto
2014-01-15 10:27:33

[ Watch The Video: Countdown To Pluto ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is one of the fastest ever built. Launched in 2006 and traveling at one million miles per day, its destination is one of the most distant bodies in our solar system, the ex-planet Pluto. According to NASA, New Horizons reached Jupiter in February 2007 and with a close fly by it received a gravitational push to shorten its destination time by three years. Alan...

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...

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...

Preparing New Horizons: Obstacle Operations Planned Ahead Of Pluto Contact
2012-10-16 16:17:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is nearly seven years into its 9.5-year journey across the solar system to explore Pluto and its moons, but that journey is still far from over. As the spacecraft travels through space, its team has become aware of the possibility that dangerous debris may be orbiting in the Pluto system. "We've found more and more moons orbiting near Pluto -- the count is now up to five," Dr. Alan Stern,...

PlutoP5
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...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Planet Pluto -- Pluto is the ninth and smallest planet of our solar system. It was discovered by the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona on February 18, 1930 (although the body was first photographed on March 19, 1915). Tombaugh was searching for a "Planet X" to explain the orbit of Neptune; further analysis, with seven decades more data about Neptune's position, has resolved the perceived anomaly without need for an additional gravitational pull on Neptune....

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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