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New Horizons survived its flyby of Ultima Thule

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 05:00
New Horizons successfully “phoned home” at 10:28 a.m. EST, letting NASA scientists know all of its systems survived the flyby of Ultima Thule. The first real images will now slowly trickle in over the coming hours and days. “We have a healthy spacecraft,” Mission Operations Manager, “MOM,” Alice Bowman announced to a crowd of cheering scientists Tuesday morning. New Horizons, Phone Home Not long after the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, as 2018 gav
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Watch coverage of tonight’s New Horizon’s flyby of Ultima Thule

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:00
New Horizon will fly by Ultima Thule early on New Year's Day.
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New Horizons meets Ultima Thule tonight

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 22:30

If all goes well, NASA's car-sized New Horizons probe, launched in January 2006, will pass about three times closer to Ultima Thule than it did Pluto at around midnight.

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How to spend New Year’s Eve with NASA watching New Horizons’ flyby of Ultima Thule

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 15:00
Spend the first moments of New Year's Day watching New Horizons make history.
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The first images from New Horizons’ flyby of Ultima Thule arrive this morning

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 14:30
After New Horizons' flyby, the first images of Ultima Thule will take some time to reach Earth.
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New Horizons spacecraft set for historic flyby of Kuiper Belt Object

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 05:00
Planetary scientists from around the world have flocked to Baltimore, Maryland, to cover the first-ever close-up exploration of a Kuiper Belt Object, beyond the orbit of Pluto. The flyby will take place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, by the New Horizons spacecraft, which flew past Pluto in 2015. The Kuiper Belt is a third population of bodies in the solar system, beyond the major planets and the main belt asteroids. It lies far out, beyond Neptune and Pluto, and consists of p
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Earthquake-detecting balloons could help reveal the internal structure of Venus

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 05:00
With the help of balloons floating high above the venusian ground, researchers hope to "hear" quakes on our sister planet's surface.
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The Sky This Week from December 28 to January 6

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 05:00

Brilliant Venus climbs highest before dawn, while one of the year's top meteor showers peaks under a New Moon.

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These new Hubble images let astronomers 'see' dark matter

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 05:00

Astronomers devised a new way to map dark matter's distribution using starlight.

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How we found Jupiter's 79 (at least) moons

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 05:00
Jupiter is king of the planets. It’s huge, it’s bright in our night skies, and even four of its comparatively tiny moons are bright enough to see with the most basic of telescopes. We’ve sent nine probes either into orbit or on a close flyby of the planet. And yet, as recently as this past year, we discovered not one, but twelve new moons around Jupiter, bringing the total to 79. How haven’t we exhausted this particular moon mine yet? The easy targets first The answer is
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Figuring out how plants grow in space is vital for future missions

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 05:00
New research shows that, like humans, plants living in microgravity express their genes differently than their Earth-bound analogs.
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