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  • In the Kuiper Belt, a baffling lack of small craters

    Pictures from Pluto and its moon raise questions about the ring of rocks and planetisimals ringin...

    Scientists studying photos snapped by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on its 2015 flyby of Pluto and its giant moon Ch...

    Space February 28, 2019
  • How did Pluto's heavy heart pack on the weight?

    Two studies explain why Sputnik Planitia is heavier than its surrounds, with one looking below th...

    Sputnik Planitia (the left lobe of Pluto's 'heart') likely formed in the aftermath of comet collision. Sputnik Planit...

    Space November 16, 2016
  • Pluto moon Charon's red head tinted by trapped gas

    Methane trapped by the chilly winter night is slowly converted to tholins, crowning the moon with...

    A mosaic of images snapped by New Horizons as it approached Pluto's largest moon Charon in July 2016.NASA / Johns Hop...

    Space September 14, 2016
  • New insights into Pluto's outer moons

    NASA turns its attention to three satellites of Pluto with the latest New Horizon’s data release.

    Pluto’s moons Charon, Nix and Hydra. Charon and Nix were imaged in colour by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, but not ...

    Space June 16, 2016
  • Icy moons cracked by short sharp tidal tugs: study

    Simulations show a close call with a similar object can tear an icy moon’s crust. Belinda Smith r...

    The New Horizons spacecraft snapped this image of Charon, Pluto's largest moon, as it flew by in July 2015.NASACracks...

    Space May 26, 2016
  • Pluto's moon Charon busted out of its skin

    New analysis of Pluto’s largest moon adds weight to the idea that Charon once contained an ocean.

    If you've ever left a can of drink in the freezer, you'll know the power of expanding ice.Now, NASA scientists sugg...

    Space February 19, 2016
  • Pluto: an enigma in close-up

    Discovering more about the size, surface and geology of Pluto and its moons hasn’t lessened the m...

    Only a month ago, Pluto was one of the most mysterious objects in the Solar System — so remote scientists weren’t eve...

    Space July 20, 2015
  • NASA releases new image of Pluto's moon Charon

    This new image of an area on Pluto's largest moon Charon clearly shows a depression with a peak in the middle, shown ...

    Space July 17, 2015
  • Wild ride for Pluto and its moons

    Shifting gravitational forces around Pluto and Charon created the solar system's oddest orbit...

    This composite image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, at the centre. Pluto’s...

    Space June 22, 2015
  • Knocking on Pluto's door

    After nine long years in space, the New Horizons spacecraft will soon fly past Pluto. Richard A. ...

    When I was in primary school my parents gave me a book called All About Famous Science Expeditions. I devoured the ta...

    Space May 25, 2015
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