New Horizons

This image made available by NASA on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 shows images with separate color and detail information, and a composited image of both, showing Ultima Thule, about 1 billion miles beyond Pluto.
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January 03, 2019 - 11:17 am
By Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft 4 billion miles from Earth yielded its first close-up pictures Wednesday of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman. Ultima Thule, as the small, icy object has been dubbed,...
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New Horizons project scientist Hal Weaver
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January 01, 2019 - 4:14 pm
LAUREL, Md. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has survived the most distant exploration of another world, a tiny, icy object 4 billion miles away that looks to be shaped like a peanut or bowling pin. Word of success came 10 hours after the middle-of-the-night encounter, once flight controllers...
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This illustration provided by NASA shows the New Horizons spacecraft. NASA launched the probe in 2006; it's about the size of a baby grand piano.
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December 31, 2018 - 11:27 am
By Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A tiny, icy world a billion miles beyond Pluto is getting a New Year's Day visitor. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is set to fly past a mysterious object nicknamed Ultima Thule at 12:33 a.m. Tuesday. It will become the most distant world ever...
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This image made available by NASA in March 2017 shows Pluto illuminated from behind by the sun as the New Horizons spacecraft travels away from it at a distance of about 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers).
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December 27, 2018 - 12:43 pm
By Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the scrawny, icy object nicknamed Ultima Thule soon...
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dunes on Pluto's Sputnik Planitia ice plain
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June 01, 2018 - 11:28 am
By Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have discovered dunes on Pluto made of tiny frozen grains of methane. The pale gray and white ridges were revealed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its 2015 flyby. A British-led team announced the findings Thursday...
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