Take A Trip Down The Strip — Best Closeups Of Pluto Yet

A new, detailed mosaic slice of Pluto, which I’ve chopped into seven pieces, each representing a sample of a different terrain, was released by NASA on May 27. It includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by NASA’s New Horizons probe as it flew past Pluto on July 14 last year. It extends across the hemisphere that faced the…
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Dwarf Planet Makemake Divulges A Dark Moon

Far, far away beyond the planet Neptune lies the Kuiper Belt, a vast reservoir of frozen orbs left over from the construction phase of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago. Four of them are dwarf planets, the most famous of which is Pluto with its system of five moons. Another is Makemake (MAH-kee MAH-kee),…
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Ice Makes Pluto’s Moon Charon Split A Gut

For the same reason a glass bottle filled with water shatters when left to freeze, ice may have split Pluto’s moon Charon wide open. Ice expands when it freezes. This simple fact of physics has wide-ranging consequences from busting your water pipes during a cold spell to spalling rocks and shifting home foundations during freeze-thaw cycles. Images…
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Pluto Churns Like A Lava Lamp

A recently released high-resolution swath of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft shows all kinds of wonderful things in Sputnik Planum, the informal name given to the icy plains dominating the left side of Pluto’s big “heart”. The strip reveals features less than half a city block in size Sputnik Planum is at a lower elevation…
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Your Favorite Planet May Soon Turn Up In The Mail

The U.S. Postal Service recently sneak-previewed a new series of stamps this year highlighting NASA’s Planetary Science program, including a do-over of a famous Pluto stamp commemorating the New Horizons’ historic 2015 flyby and more. Watch for eight new colorful Forever stamps of NASA images of solar system planets, a Global Forever stamp dedicated to Earth’s…
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