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New Horizons sees surface features on Pluto, begins raw image release

Emily Lakdawalla • April 29, 2015 • 11

Today the New Horizons team released a new animation of images taken on approach to Pluto. The animation clearly shows how Pluto wobbles around the Pluto-Charon barycenter. It also shows something more exciting to the scientists: variations in brightness across the surface of Pluto. They also began releasing raw images to the Internet.

New Horizons One Earth Message

Mark Washburn • April 24, 2015 • 3

The One Earth Message Project is going to send a message to the stars, and we invite members of the Planetary Society to join us in this historic endeavor.

What Color Does the Internet Think Pluto Is?

Alex Parker • April 20, 2015 • 2

Astronomers have known for a long time that Pluto’s surface is reddish, so where did the common idea that Pluto is blue come from?

New views of three worlds: Ceres, Pluto, and Charon

Emily Lakdawalla • April 16, 2015 • 7

New Horizons took its first color photo of Pluto and Charon, while Dawn obtained a 20-frame animation looking down on the north pole of a crescent Ceres.

Ceres Gets Real; Pluto Lurks

Paul Schenk • March 27, 2015

Although we are still along way from understanding this fascinating little body, Ceres is finally becoming a real planet with recognizable features! And that's kinda cool.

The Mapping of Pluto Begins Today

Mark Showalter • March 20, 2015 • 7

When New Horizons flies past Pluto in July, we will see a new, alien landscape in stark detail. At that point, we will have a lot to talk about. The only way we can talk about it is if those features, whatever they turn out to be, have names.

What to expect when you're expecting a flyby: Planning your July around New Horizons' Pluto pictures

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2015 • 18

As New Horizons approaches Pluto, when will the images get good? In this explainer, I tell you what images will be coming down from Pluto, when. Mark your calendars!

Pluto Science, on the Surface

Alan Stern • February 27, 2015 • 5

New Horizons' Principal Investigator Alan Stern gives an update on the mission's progress toward Pluto.

New Horizons spots Nix and Hydra circling Pluto and Charon

Emily Lakdawalla • February 18, 2015 • 4

A series of images just sent to Earth from New Horizons clearly shows Pluto's moons Nix and Hydra orbiting the Pluto-Charon binary.

New Horizons returns first images from mission's Pluto approach phase

Emily Lakdawalla • February 04, 2015 • 10

Here they are, the first images of Pluto from the approach phase of the New Horizons mission. Science has begun; we're on the home stretch!

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