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Close encounters of a tidal kind could lead to cracks on icy moons
A new model developed by University of Rochester researchers could offer a new explanation as to how cracks on icy moons, such as Pluto's Charon, formed. View News Article (2016-05-26)

Multitasking New Horizons observed solar wind changes on journey to Pluto
In addition to its history-making encounter with Pluto last July, the New Horizons spacecraft also recorded significant changes in how the solar wind behaves far from the Sun. View News Article (2016-04-06)

NASAs New Horizons fills gap in space environment observations
When NASA's New Horizons sped past Pluto on July 14, 2015, it took the best-ever pictures of the rocky world s surface, giving us new insight into its geology, composition and atmosphere. View News Article (2016-04-06)

Earth-like planets have Earth-like interiors
Every school kid learns the basic structure of the Earth: a thin outer crust, a thick mantle, and a Mars-sized core. View News Article (2016-02-09)

Caltech researchers find evidence of a real ninth planet
Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. View News Article (2016-01-21)

UCLA professor proposes simpler way to define what makes a planet
Since the late 1980s, scientists have discovered nearly 5,000 planetary bodies orbiting stars other than the sun. But astronomers are still working on what exactly we should call them. View News Article (2015-11-11)

Three months after flyby, New Horizons team publishes first research paper
The New Horizons team described a wide range of findings about the Pluto system in its first research paper, published today.  View News Article (2015-10-16)

First scientific results from flyby of Pluto
The surface of Pluto is marked by plains, troughs and peaks that appear to have been carved out by geological processes that have been active for a very long period and continue to the present, a new study says.  View News Article (2015-10-16)

New Horizons reveals Pluto's striking surface variations and unique moon rotations
University of Maryland astronomers Silvia Protopapa and Douglas Hamilton are among the authors of the first published paper from the New Horizons flyby, which appears in the Oct. 16, 2015 issue of the journal Science. Protopapa helped map the composition of Pluto's surface and locate ices on it. View News Article (2015-10-16)

New study indicates Earth's inner core was formed 1-1.5 billion years ago
There have been many estimates for when the earth's inner core was formed, but scientists from the University of Liverpool have used new data which indicates that the Earth's inner core was formed 1 - 1.5 billion years ago as it "froze" from the surrounding molten iron outer core. View News Article (2015-10-08)

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