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A New Billion-Mile Journey for New Horizons

NASA's New Horizons team decide on their next target, a classical Kuiper Belt object that can be reached by January 2019, but the agency must still approve funds for this extended science mission

August 31, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Pluto's Barnacled Beauty

Early images from New Horizons' encounter with Pluto reveal an extraordinary surface of strange mountains and varying deposits of light and dark material

July 22, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

The Pluto Punch-Through

On July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft finally reaches Pluto. But the encounter will be brief

June 8, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Don't Sell Your Dog Short

In 1996, veteran dog trainer Jean Donaldson picked a fight with Walt Disney. Donaldson begins her book Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Dogs by explaining that people continue to buy into a made-up, Walt Disney version of dogs.

April 23, 2014 — Julie Hecht

At Pluto, the End of a Beginning

Early this morning, if all has gone well, the first golden age of interplanetary exploration will have come to a close

July 14, 2015 — Lee Billings

Where Would you Leave a Message From the Stars?

A recent article by Samuel Arbesman in the science magazine Nautilus discusses the extraordinary sounding possibility that – just perhaps – a search for extraterrestrial intelligence could be made by looking at our DNA.

April 14, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

New Horizons Mission Catches Pluto And Charon Waltzing

After a ten year journey, NASA’s New Horizons mission is still 420 million kilometers from the Pluto system – but that’s close enough to begin to see the orbital dance of an icy world and its major moon.

August 8, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Faces Crisis

A scramble is on to find an object in the outer solar system's Kuiper Belt in time for a close-up visit

May 21, 2014 — Alexandra Witze and Nature magazine

Good-Bye Pluto, Thanks for Everything

Although we've only just begun to see the scientific return from NASA's New Horizons mission and its close encounter with the Pluto–Charon system, this has been an unexpectedly profound human endeavor

July 15, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Countdown to the Kuiper Belt [Videos]

For the first time two spacecraft will soon make up-close studies of objects from the solar system’s Kuiper Belt, a mysterious region beyond Neptune’s orbit.

October 14, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz