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SwRI researchers discover new evidence for complex molecules on Pluto's surface
The new and highly sensitive Cosmic Origins Spectrograph aboard the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a strong ultraviolet-wavelength absorber on Pluto's surface, providing new evidence that points to the possibility of complex hydrocarbon and/or nitrile molecules lying on the surface. View News Article (2011-12-21)

The lower atmosphere of Pluto revealed
Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have gained valuable new insights about the atmosphere of the dwarf planet Pluto. The scientists found unexpectedly large amounts of methane in the atmosphere, and also discovered that the atmosphere is hotter than the surface by about 40 degrees, although it still only reaches a frigid minus 180 degrees Celsius. View News Article (2009-03-03)

SwRI scientists study nitrogen provision for Pluto's atmosphere
The latest data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveal diverse features on Pluto's surface and an atmosphere dominated by nitrogen gas. However, Pluto's small mass allows hundreds of tons of atmospheric nitrogen to escape into space each hour. View News Article (2015-08-12)

Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto
A team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto.  View News Article (2012-07-12)

NASA's Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope discovered a fourth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The tiny, new satellite - temporarily designated P4 -- was uncovered in a Hubble survey searching for rings around the dwarf planet. View News Article (2011-07-21)

Cracks in Pluto's Moon Could Indicate it Once Had an Underground Ocean
If the icy surface of Pluto's giant moon Charon is cracked, analysis of the fractures could reveal if its interior was warm, perhaps warm enough to have maintained a subterranean ocean of liquid water, according to a new NASA-funded study. View News Article (2014-06-16)

Researchers Describe Discovery of Pluto's New Moons
In the Feb. 23 issue of the journal Nature, a team led by Dr. Hal Weaver of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., describes its discovery of two new moons around Pluto - a finding that made the ninth planet the first Kuiper Belt object known to have multiple satellites. View News Article (2006-02-23)

It's our solar system Jim, but not as we know it
There are many more objects orbiting our sun than we once thought, and a new book from Cambridge University Press sets out to tell the story of their discovery. Beyond Pluto: Exploring the Outer Limits of the Solar System by John Davies traces the history of the search for objects at the periphery of the solar system. It is a tale of incredible patience, eye strain, dirty razor blades and... View News Article (2001-07-25)

New Planet Is Larger than Pluto
Claims that the Solar System has a tenth planet are bolstered by the finding by a group lead by Bonn astrophysicists that this alleged planet, announced last summer and tentatively named 2003 UB313, is bigger than Pluto. View News Article (2006-02-02)

Plutoid chosen as name for Solar System objects like Pluto
Almost two years after the International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly introduced the category of dwarf planets, the IAU, as promised, has decided on a name for transneptunian dwarf planets similar to Pluto. View News Article (2008-06-12)

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