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NASA shows where Matt Damon would have been stranded on Mars

NASA's love for <i>The Martian</i> movie is seemingly endless. In another publicity stunt for the sci-fi film, the space agency posted images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing where the stranded astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, would have been staying on the Red Planet. The …

Geology on ice: Scientists unveil video of frozen mountains and plains on Pluto

New images of Pluto sent to Earth by the New Horizons spacecraft are bolstering the case that the dwarf planet is a geologically active world.<p>Pluto is one of the largest objects in the Kuiper belt, a distant region beyond Neptune made up of frozen relics from the solar system's early days.<p>But the …

Planets

Pluto's escaping atmosphere extends 1,000 miles out into space

That's more than 13 times farther than Earth's atmosphere reaches<p>Pluto's atmosphere has an extended reach. Data collected by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals that the gas surrounding the dwarf planet extends as far as 1,000 miles outward into space. That's more than 13 times farther than …

Solar System

Surprising frozen plains in Pluto’s heart

The latest data from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reveals a vast, craterless plain apparently no more than 100 million years old.<p>The latest data …

Spacecraft achieves flyby of Pluto, then calls home

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got humanity's first up-close look at Pluto on Tuesday, sending word of its triumph across 3 billion miles to scientists waiting breathlessly back home.<p>Confirmation of mission success came 13 hours after the actual flyby and, after a day of both jubilation and …

Space Science

Little world, big heart: Pluto stuns in New Horizons image

Pluto may be a dwarf planet, but it’s got an out-sized heart. Before<p>NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past the icy world, it snapped and sent back this image showcasing the big, bright, heart-shaped feature covering a large part of the surface.<p>This was the final and most detailed snapshot before …

Solar System