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New Horizons: Updates From the Science Team Meeting, Part 1

Ted Stryk • January 23, 2014 • 1

Ted Stryk reports on the status of the New Horizons mission from the mission's latest Science Team Meeting.

New Horizons: Late in Cruise, and a Binary Ahoy

Alan Stern • August 24, 2013 • 2

New Horizons has just completed a summer of intensive activities and entered hibernation on Aug. 20. The routine parts of the activities included thorough checkouts of all our backup systems (result: they work fine!) and of all our scientific instruments (they work fine too!).

Dwarf planet, wassup?

Emily Lakdawalla • August 16, 2013 • 4

In which the fifth graders of Kipp Heartwood Academy argue the competing sides in the is-Pluto-a-planet debate through the medium of rap.

Pluto on the Eve of Exploration by New Horizons: Is there an ocean, or not?

Emily Lakdawalla • August 02, 2013 • 5

Does Pluto have an ocean under its ice? If it doesn't now, did it ever have one? How will we know?

Pluto on the Eve of Exploration by New Horizons: Small moons, dust, surfaces, interiors

Emily Lakdawalla • July 24, 2013 • 5

My roundup from notes on the day's presentations on dust in the Pluto system and the surfaces and interiors of Pluto and Charon.

Remembering the Pluto Campaign: A Success Story

Casey Dreier • July 22, 2013 • 3

The New Horizons mission to Pluto survived many near-death encounters with cancellation during its development. The Planetary Society worked the whole time to ensure it would launch.

New names for Pluto's little moons Kerberos and Styx; and a new moon for Neptune

Emily Lakdawalla • July 15, 2013 • 5

Pluto's moons, formerly known as "P4" and "P5," are now named Kerberos and Styx; I thought I'd help place them into context with a little help from Cassini. Also, Neptune now has a 14th known moon.

DPS 2012: Double occultation by Pluto and Charon

Emily Lakdawalla • October 26, 2012 • 5

A few talks at last week's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting discussed observations of a double occultation -- both Pluto and Charon passing in front of the same star.

New Horizons workshop, day 1: Chemistry & climate on Pluto & other cold places

Emily Lakdawalla • August 30, 2011

Today and tomorrow I'm attending the New Horizons Workshop on Icy Surface Processes. The first day was all about the composition of the surface and atmosphere of Pluto, Charon, Triton, and other distant places.

A fourth moon for Pluto

Emily Lakdawalla • July 20, 2011 • 2

That's right: Hubble observations have yielded the discovery of a third small body orbiting Pluto and Charon.

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