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New Horizons captures Pluto's icy atmosphere (NASA)

NASA Discovers Eerie-Looking Veil Of Ice Haze Floating Over Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has given humanity a spectacular new look at Pluto, with each photo divulging fresh information about the mysterious icy world 4.67 billion miles away from Earth.

07/24/2015

In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a close-up image of a region near Pluto's equator shows a range of mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft as it passed within 7,800 feet of the dwarf planet on July 14, 2015. (Photo by NASA/APL/SwRI via Getty Images)

Dazzling Photos Reveal Giant Peaks On Pluto, Canyons On Charon

Mankind’s first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and canyons on its big moon Charon that appear deeper than those on Earth.

07/15/2015

Pluto sent a love note back to Earth via NASA's New Horizons. This is the last image taken before today's #PlutoFlyby. (NASA)

Pluto Flyby: Spacecraft Reaches Icy, Mysterious World 9.5 Years Later

We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making.

07/14/2015

The brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres are seen in this image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 6, 2015. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

Top 5 Explanations For Those Bizarre Bright Spots On Planet Ceres

NASA scientists are still baffled over exactly what’s causing Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, to radiate mysterious bright spots from its cratered surface.

06/10/2015

NASA’s New Horizons spotted Pluto’s faintest known moons (NASA)

Pluto’s Tiniest Moons Captured For First Time Ever

The dwarf planet Pluto may be more than 3.6 billion miles away from the sun, but it’s certainly not alone.

05/14/2015

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Underground Hot Springs On Saturn Moon? Study Suggests Yes

If confirmed, it would make the moon Enceladus the only other known body in the solar system besides Earth where hot water and rocks interact underground.

03/11/2015

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NASA Spacecraft Slips Into Ceres’ Orbit For First-Ever Visit To Dwarf Planet

A NASA spacecraft for the first time has arrived at a dwarf planet to begin a 16-month exploration, and scientists are eager to learn more about the mysterious bright spot discovered last month.

03/06/2015

The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for a full rotation of the dwarf planet, which lasts about nine hours. The images have a resolution of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel. (NASA)

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Closer To Unraveling Mystery Behind Bright Spots On Dwarf Planet Ceres

Scientists are on the edge of their seats as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft nears dwarf planet Ceres and the mysterious spots first seen on its surface last month.

03/02/2015

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Mysterious Bright Spots Pop Up In Latest NASA Images Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

Two clear and stunning views of the dwarf planet Ceres have scientists scratching their heads as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft nears its destination.

02/18/2015

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StarDate 7/10/2014: Mars And Spica

A bright star and a brighter planet are staging a beautiful encounter in the evening sky. They’re quite close together tonight, and will pass even closer over the next few nights.

07/10/2014

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