Pluto

Chandrayaan-2 Found By Citizen Scientist; Reminds Us Of Pluto Discovery

What does Pluto — not the dog, but the non-Planet — have in common with the Vikram lunar lander launched by India? Both were found by making very tiny comparisons to photographs. You’d think landing something on the moon would be...
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries, Space, Moon

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Solar Wind Around Pluto Instrument Confirms Solar Wind Slows Farther Away From The Sun

Measurements taken by the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are providing important new insights from some of the farthest reaches of space ever explored. In a paper recently published in the...
Related topics: Sun, Space, NASA, Spacecrafts

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Nasa Details Dawn Mission And Giant Asteroids In New Podcast Episode

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has published its newest ‘On A Mission’ podcast episode, one titled ‘Planet Asteroid’ that details two large asteroids called Ceres and Vesta, as well as the tiny planet Pluto (and the...
Related topics: NASA, Space, Asteroids, Podcasts, Debate

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The Science Is Settled! And Pluto Is A Planet.... Again.

Oh how I laughed at a Facebook post on Ginger Taylor's page yesterday.  Back in august, NASA  Chief Jim Bridenstein declared that Pluto is a planet indeed, despite its intergalactic demotion in 2005.   My quip response was: Poor Pluto... it's...
Related topics: Space, Facebook, Social Media, NASA

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Meet Arrokoth: Ultima Thule, The Most Distant Object Ever Explored, Has A New Name

The small body beyond Pluto visited by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is now officially known as Arrokoth -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Nasa Is Now Considering A Pluto Orbiter Mission

NASA’s New Horizons mission taught us a lot about Pluto, the ice dwarf planet. But the spacecraft sped past Pluto so quickly, we only got high-resolution images of one side of the planet, the so-called “encounter side.” New...
Related topics: NASA, Space, Spacecrafts

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Swri To Plan Pluto Orbiter Mission

NASA has funded Southwest Research Institute to study the important attributes, feasibility and cost of a possible future Pluto orbiter mission. This study will develop the spacecraft and payload design requirements and make preliminary cost and...
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Tiny Dwarf Planet Discovered In Our Solar System Is One-fifth The Size Of Pluto

The classification of object Hygiea as a dwarf planet has reignited the debate over whether Pluto should be considered a planet.
Related topics: Space, Scientific Discoveries, Debate

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New Horizons Team Pieces Together The Best Images They Have Of Pluto's Far Side

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. For decades, not much detail was known about the erstwhile planet. We assumed it was a frozen, dormant world.
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Ufo Seekers Are Flocking To A Huge Buddha Statue In Thailand Saying It Is Home To A Wormhole That...

A group of Buddhist worshippers on a remote hilltop in Thailand believe that aliens from Pluto communicate with people in the area.
Related topics: UFOs

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Making Pluto A "planet" - The Sneaky Way

Keith's note: The Pluto is a planet fan club has been howling about the demotion of Pluto from a "planet" to "dwarf planet" status after an IAU vote for more than a decade. Despite their outrage no one has been willing or able to muster enough votes...
Related topics: Space

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Ice Islands On Mars And Pluto Could Reveal Past Climate Change

Many of the craters of Mars and Pluto feature relatively small ice islands unattached to their polar ice caps.
Related topics: Mars, Space

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17 Science 'facts' You Might Have Learned In School That Aren't True

Science is an ongoing process, which means new discoveries often upend old theories. Contrary to what many people learned in school, Pluto is not a planet (well, sort of), dinosaurs didn't look like the pictures in your textbook, and atoms aren't...
Related topics: Space, Dinosaurs, Paleontology

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Is Pluto A Planet? Nasa Administrator And Brian May Reignite The Debate

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May have reignited the debate over Pluto's status by coming out in favor of it being a planet.
Related topics: Space, NASA, Debate, Astrophysics

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Project Pluto And Nuclear-powered Missiles

NPR's Scott Simon hears from Rand Corporation researcher Edward Geist about attempts by Russia and the U.S. to develop nuclear-powered missiles.

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A Bunch Of New Names For Pluto’s Surface Features Were Just Approved

Pluto is getting some new names. In the past, prior to the New Horizons mission, there wasn’t much to name. But now that that spacecraft has flew past Pluto and observed it up close, there’s some features that need naming. Now the IAU...
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Is Pluto A Planet?

Why can’t astronomers decide on whether or not Pluto is a planet? Everyday Einstein explains the controversy about our faraway neighbor -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Space, Albert Einstein

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Pluto Redux

The faraway world’s demotion more than a decade ago opened a celestial can of worms -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Eruption Of Ice Volcano Threw Liquid Water Over The Frozen Surface Of Pluto

Liquid water could once have existed on the frozen surface of Pluto, put there by the violent eruption of a cryovolcano. By analyzing the wavelengths of light in images of Pluto, scientists have detected ammonia in exposed water ice. The post...
Related topics: Volcanoes

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What Prevents Pluto's Ocean From Freezing?

Layers of ice-like gas hydrates may insulate frigid ocean worlds across the cosmos -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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