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How a moon slows the decay of Pluto's atmosphere
A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology provides additional insight into relationship between Pluto and its moon, Charon, and how it affects the continuous stripping of Pluto's atmosphere by solar wind. (2017-01-09)
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, according to a paper recently published in the Astronomical Journal by researchers from Southwest Research Institute and Nebraska Wesleyan University. (2011-12-20)
Five papers provide new data from flyby of Pluto
Pluto's surface exhibits a wide variety of landscapes, results from five new studies in this special issue on the New Horizons mission report. (2016-03-17)
Pluto's moons and possible rings may be hazards to New Horizons spacecraft
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is now almost seven years into its 9.5-year journey across the solar system to explore Pluto and its system of moons. (2012-10-16)
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. (2015-10-15)
SwRI scientists study nitrogen provision for Pluto's atmosphere
Scientists at Southwest Research Institute considered what could be replenishing the nitrogen in Pluto's atmosphere in a paper titled, 'On the Provenance of Pluto's Nitrogen' published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. (2015-08-11)
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. (2012-07-11)
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. (2015-10-15)
Hubble discovers new Pluto moon
A team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a fifth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. (2012-07-11)
Research bolsters case for a present-day subsurface ocean on Pluto
An updated thermal model for Pluto suggests that a liquid water ocean beneath the dwarf planet's ice shell is a fairly likely scenario, and that the ocean is probably still there today. (2016-06-21)
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. (2009-03-02)
NASA's Hubble discovers another moon around Pluto
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope discovered a fourth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. (2011-07-20)
New Hubble images show similar colors for Pluto's moons
Using new Hubble Space Telescope observations, a research team has found that Pluto's three moons are essentially the same color - boosting the theory that the Pluto system formed in a single, giant collision. (2006-03-10)
NASA's Hubble finds Pluto's moons tumbling in absolute chaos
If you lived on one of Pluto's moons, you might have a hard time determining when, or from which direction, the sun will rise each day. (2015-06-03)
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. (2014-06-13)
SwRI's Alan Stern awarded Carl Sagan Memorial Award by American Astronautical Society
Dr. Alan Stern, associate vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Principal Investigator of NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, has been awarded the 2016 Carl Sagan Memorial Award by the American Astronautical Society (AAS). (2016-01-14)
New analysis adds to support for a subsurface ocean on Pluto
A liquid ocean lying deep beneath Pluto's frozen surface is the best explanation for features revealed by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, according to a new analysis. (2016-11-16)
Pluto follows its cold, cold heart
Pluto's 'heart' may be cold as ice, but it's in the right place, according to research by University of Arizona scientists who believe the iconic region of frozen ice may have shifted its location -- and dragged the entire planet with it. (2016-11-16)
Pluto: A cosmic lava lamp
Using computer models, New Horizons team members have been able to determine the depth of the layer of solid nitrogen ice within Pluto's distinctive 'heart' feature -- a large plain informally known as Sputnik Planum -- and how fast that ice is flowing. (2016-06-03)
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. (2015-10-15)
IAU 2006 General Assembly: Result of the IAU resolution votes
It is official: The 26th General Assembly for the International Astronomical Union was an astounding success! (2006-08-25)
Alan Stern, New Horizons receive Cosmos Award for Public Presentation of Science
The principal investigator and team behind NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto received the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science. (2016-10-18)
Researchers describe discovery of Pluto's new moons
In the Feb. 23 Nature, a team led by Hal Weaver of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 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. (2006-02-23)
Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. (2017-03-17)
Hubble observes chaotic dance of Pluto's moons
In a new study, scientists have gathered all available NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope data on the four outer moons of Pluto to analyze the system in more depth than ever before. (2015-06-03)
Overnight calls in primary care can be handled by nurse telephone consultation service
A nurse telephone consultation service can manage as high a proportion of primary care calls at night as it can during evenings and weekends, report a team of researchers in this week's BMJ. (1999-11-25)
Modeling offers new perspective on how Pluto's 'icy heart' came to be
Pluto's 'icy heart' is a bright, two-lobed feature on its surface that has attracted researchers ever since its discovery. (2016-11-30)
NASA selects APL's Pluto mission proposal for further study
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory wants to know more about Pluto -- the last unexplored planet in the solar system -- and it's now one step closer to getting that chance. (2001-06-09)
Nurses Can Safely Manage Half Of Out Of Hours Calls In Primary Care
Val Lattimer and colleagues from the University of Southampton report on their trial to assess the safety and effectiveness of nurse telephone consultation in out of hours primary care. (1998-10-16)
NASA employees among finalists for prestigious Heyman Medal
Among this year's finalists for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal is Dennis Reuter, a planetary scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. (2016-05-02)
A slushy ocean may lie beneath Pluto's heart-shaped basin
Beneath Pluto's 'heart' lies a cold, slushy ocean of water ice, according to data from NASA's New Horizons mission. (2016-11-16)
Official naming of surface features on Pluto and its satellites: First step approved
The New Horizons flyby of Pluto and its satellites returned a scientific treasure trove of information about these distant and surprisingly complex worlds, showing a vast nitrogen glacier as well as ice mountains, canyons, cliffs, craters and more. (2017-02-23)
Measuring the size of a small, frost world
Observing a very rare occultation of a star by Pluto's satellite Charon from three different sites, including Paranal, home of the VLT, astronomers were able to determine with great accuracy the radius and density of the satellite to the farthest planet. (2006-01-04)
Pluto/Charon poses for sharpest ground-based images ever
Using a method called reconstructive speckle imaging, the researchers took the sharpest ground-based snapshots ever obtained of Pluto and Charon in visible light. (2012-09-26)
Pluto's moons seen in highest detail yet
A new study in the journal Nature is the first to reveal fascinating details about the orbital and rotational patterns of Pluto and its five known moons. (2015-06-03)
Plutoid chosen as name for solar system objects like Pluto
The International Astronomical Union has decided on the term plutoid as a name for dwarf planets like Pluto at a meeting of its executive committee in Oslo. (2008-06-11)
New 'planet' is larger than Pluto
Bonn astronomers measure size of recently discovered solar system object. (2006-02-01)
University of Colorado student-built instrument set to launch on Pluto mission
The University of Colorado at Boulder's long heritage with NASA planetary missions will continue Jan. (2005-12-28)
Journey begins for NASA's New Horizons Probe
The first spacecraft designed to study Pluto took the first steps on a long journey when it was shipped to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for its next round of pre-launch tests. (2005-06-13)
Discovery of a new planet in the outer solar system
A team of researchers from CalTech, Yale, and Gemini Observatory in Hilo, HI, report the discovery of a new planet in the outer solar system. (2005-08-01)
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