Images released Friday, October 9. New Horizons acquired them when it swept past the Pluto system on July 14. The spacecraft’s data are still being returned.
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Dawn spacecraft has now moved to within about 900 miles (1,500 km) from the dwarf planet Ceres. See some early images from its new, closer orbit.
Many features on Charon informally named from science fiction, particularly Star Trek and Star Wars. Lord of the Rings, Stanley Kubrick also honored.
Latest images from NASA’s July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft, showing evidence of an active surface on Pluto with flowing nitrogen ice.
New image just released! A stunning snapshot of Pluto’s night side. The halo is from sunlight shining through the dwarf planet’s hazy atmosphere.
A second range of ice mountains has been found on Pluto, in images from New Horizons.
Pluto has five known moons, and it’s a bit surprising that New Horizons hasn’t found any new ones yet. Newly released images show small moons Nix and Hydra.
The Cassini mission to Saturn – which has brought us so many breathtaking images – took a last close look at Saturn’s moon Hyperion on Sunday.
A beautiful new timelapse showing sunset on Mars in mid-April, 2015, from the Mars Curiosity rover.
Mission control confirmed end of operations at 3:40 p.m. EDT (1934 UTC), when no signal was detected by NASA’s Deep Space Network station at Goldstone.