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Your Top 10 Questions About the Pluto Flyby Answered

Are you ready for New Horizons' close encounter on Tuesday? Learn why the spacecraft won't be stopping at the dwarf planet and much more.<p>NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will fly within 8,000 miles of Pluto on Tuesday and reveal the last world in the solar system—or at least the last of the planets …

'It was just like we practiced': New Horizons' flawless Pluto flyby

It's official: New Horizons has survived its close flyby of the Pluto system unscathed.<p>“We have a healthy spacecraft, we have a healthy system, and we are outbound for Pluto,” Alice Bowman, mission operations manager for New Horizons, said Tuesday night after the first group of ones and zeros …

Solar System

What We've Learned From Pluto So Far

So. Many. Things.<p>When the New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006, scientists had no idea what it would find when it arrived at Pluto nine years later. “We might have seen a cloud-enshrouded nitrogen haze that we'd zip by and say, 'Well, that was fun,'” says John Grunsfeld of NASA's Science …

Pluto: New Horizons probe makes contact with Earth

Drama as first contact with probe after its Pluto flyby is made, meaning vast amounts of data from mission can be transmitted<p>Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has made contact with Earth, confirming its successful flypast of Pluto, after a journey to the far reaches of the solar system that has taken …

Solar System

Let’s Spend Some Time Gazing at the Magnificence of Pluto

Wow, space is really something.<p>In the next few days, NASA will begin releasing the first-ever high-resolution photos of Pluto, one of the largest remote, non-planetary objects orbiting the sun. Taken days ago by a probe launched from Earth nearly a decade ago, the photos are part of a mission to …

Solar System

New Horizons spacecraft survives Pluto flyby and phones home

Nasa spacecraft safely passed by the ice-and-rock planetoid and its entourage of five moons<p>A US spacecraft sailed past the tiny planet Pluto in the distant reaches of the solar system on Tuesday, capping a journey of 3 billion miles (4.88 billion km) that began nine and a half years ago.<p>Nasa's New …