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Aug 3, 2015 by Sci-News.com

NASA scientists have created the best-ever global map of Charon, using images taken by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager in July 2015. Global map of Charon as of July 30, 2015. The map is in simple cylindrical projection, with zero longitude (the Pluto-facing direction) in the center. It includes all available resolved images of the moon’s surface captured between July 7-14, 2015 on the anti-Pluto facing hemisphere. Image credit:...

Jul 31, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A special issue of the journal Science highlights seven new studies that delve into the data that has been collected by ESA’s probe Philae on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This...

Jul 30, 2015 by Sci-News.com

This enhanced-color mosaic of Tethys shows a range of features including mysterious arc-shaped streaks. This mosaic of Tethys is an orthographic projection...

Jul 29, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Researchers at NASA have just released colorful new topographic maps of the dwarf planet Ceres, based on data gathered by the agency’s Dawn spacecraft. This...

Jul 28, 2015 by Sci-News.com

This map-projected view of the dwarf planet Pluto was created from images taken by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) between July...

Jul 28, 2015 by Sci-News.com

The 280-mile-wide (450 km) impact crater Odysseus on Tethys stands out brightly from the rest of the illuminated crescent as seen by the NASA/ESA Cassini...

Jul 27, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Just seven hours after closest approach, the spacecraft looked back and captured an incredible image of the dwarf planet’s atmosphere, backlit by the...

Jul 27, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are investigating the feasibility of creating a ‘windbot,’ a new kind of probe designed to...

Jul 27, 2015 by Sci-News.com

Scientists with NASA’s New Horizons mission have released the sharpest view yet of Pluto. This mosaic provides the best view ever obtained of the dwarf...

Jul 24, 2015 by Sci-News.com

The New Horizons spacecraft has found evidence of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and methane ices flowing across the dwarf planet’s surface. In the northern...

Jul 24, 2015 by Sci-News.com

This image of the dwarf planet and its largest moon was captured by New Horizons’ Ralph color imager on July 14, 2015, five hours before Pluto closest...

Jul 22, 2015 by Sci-News.com

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has discovered a new mountain range in a heart-shaped region named Tombaugh Regio. This image was captured on July 14,...

Jul 22, 2015 by Sci-News.com

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has captured the sharpest pictures yet of Pluto’s small satellites Nix and Hydra. Nix, shown here in enhanced color...

Jul 21, 2015 by Sci-News.com

As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sailed past Pluto, collecting invaluable science data, the space agency’s Cassini orbiter turned its gaze in that...

Jul 21, 2015 by Sci-News.com

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a joint mission between NOAA, NASA, and U.S. Air Force, has captured its first image of Earth. Earth as seen...

Jul 20, 2015 by Sci-News.com

The Alice instrument – a lightweight (4.4 kg), low-power (4.4 Watt) imaging spectrograph aboard NASA’s New Horizons – has observed Pluto’s...

Jul 18, 2015 by Sci-News.com

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this view of Pluto’s small moon Nix on July 13, 2015, from a distance of about 360,000 miles (590,000 km). This...

Jul 17, 2015 by Sci-News.com

According to New Horizons planetary scientists, this frozen region is no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic...

Jul 17, 2015 by Sci-News.com

A close-up image of an area on Pluto’s largest moon Charon reveals a depression with a peak in the middle. This new image of an area on Charon has a...

Jul 16, 2015 by Sci-News.com

New details of Pluto’s moons Charon and Hydra are revealed in the latest images from the spacecraft’s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, taken on July...