28 July 2015, 12:35 PM ET
NASA’s Dawn probe compiled topographic data from images taken at different times and Sun-angles. Colors represent elevations - starting 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) below the average surface (purple) to 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) above (brown).
28 July 2015, 10:15 AM ET
Traveling at a breakneck speed of about 3700 mph (1652 m/s) in orbit around the moon, NASA LRO ‘drivers’ plan, program, upload, monitor and tweak - over and over again every day.
27 July 2015, 04:01 PM ET
The definition of "Blue Moon" has evolved slowly to the modern "2nd full moon in a month" formulation. But what sky-watchers usually see is the same old grayish-white – unless a volcanic eruption filters the Sun’s reflected light. Science@NASA explai
27 July 2015, 12:02 PM ET
The Perseid meteor shower will peak on Aug. 12th and 13th with raining debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle. Venus and Mars make an appearance in the morning sky, and Saturn is an evening planet. Also, Cygnus (the Swan) and Lyra (the small harp)...
27 July 2015, 09:47 AM ET
On the Hubble Servicing Mission 4, astronaut Mike Massimino encountered a screw that refused to budge. The now infamous screw, which was attached to a handle of the space telescope that needed to be removed, caused some anxiety in 2009.
27 July 2015, 08:52 AM ET
Atmospheric pressure at the surface of the icy dwarf is surprisingly low. Previous Earth-based estimates were more than double New Horizons’ reading.
24 July 2015, 03:58 PM ET
NASA New Horizons' deputy project scientist Cathy Olkin and co-investigator William McKinnon reveal Pluto composition data at a press conference on July 24th, 2015.
24 July 2015, 02:34 PM ET
The northwestern Sputnik Planum and Hillary Montes is highlighted in this simulated fly-by. Created from images obtained from NASA's New Horizons probe's close fly-by.
24 July 2015, 01:44 PM ET
Asteroid 2011 UW158 is irregularly shaped and has an unusually fast spin. The asteroid is 2000X1000 feet across (600X300 meters) and made its closest approach to earth at 1.5 million miles on July 19th, 2015.
24 July 2015, 11:42 AM ET
Four images of the icy dwarf were snapped 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, which "shows features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers)," according to New Horizons' team.
24 July 2015, 10:17 AM ET
A G2-type star (Kepler 452), the same class as the Sun, harbors the planet Kepler-452b. The planet is 60 percent larger than Earth and receives 10 percent more energy from its Sun than the Earth.
23 July 2015, 12:28 PM ET
Kepler-452b size is important because it receives 10 percent more energy from its Sun than we do from ours. That mass protects it from experiencing "runaway greenhouse effect and the loss of its water inventory," according to NASA.
23 July 2015, 09:46 AM ET
A simulation has been developed to show how the gravitational field of a black hole disrupts a star. As the star is ingested, an accretion disk of stellar material is formed.
22 July 2015, 05:42 PM ET
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui launched aboard from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 22nd, 2015.
22 July 2015, 11:26 AM ET
The guitar player and astrophysicist was at the New Horizons' mission control when the "first 2 by 2 mosaic full-planet picture was downloaded from the probe." He assembled the two images for viewing in a stereoscopic viewer.
21 July 2015, 02:44 PM ET
The Medigus Ltd's micro ScoutCam™ 1.2 is the borescope camera on NASA’s Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot (VIPIR) tool.
21 July 2015, 01:43 PM ET
Hydra and Nix were snapped from a distance of ~600,000 kilometers on July 13th and again on July 14th at a distance of 231,000 kilometers (Hydra) and 165,000 kilometers (Nix).
21 July 2015, 10:23 AM ET
The NASA New Horizons' long-range imaging camera (LORRI) has sent back the best views of the icy dwarf that humanity has ever seen and there is more to come. It is a panchromatic CCD camera that is 2 feet long with a 8.2-inch aperture
20 July 2015, 04:41 PM ET
The Space Launch System RS-25 engine was test fired at NASA's Stennis Space Center on July 17th, 2015. The engine was tested at several power levels, "including a period of firing at 109 percent of the engine’s rated power," according to NASA.
20 July 2015, 10:34 AM ET
Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the European Space Agency's 'Earth From Space' series tours the five boroughs with a satellite image captured by Japan's ALOS satellite in 2010. The video was produced to promote ‘My Planet from Space’ exhibition.
15 July 2015, 05:51 PM ET
Starting with Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 and ending with New Horizons most recently released photo, its been an incredible journey to the far reaching icy dwarf. A complete list of sources for each image can be found on NASA.gov.
15 July 2015, 04:07 PM ET
Some of the best images of Pluto and Charon were captured between July 11-July 14th, 2015 and have been revealed to the world. The closest approach images of July 14 show stunningly diverse worlds.
15 July 2015, 02:56 PM ET
Space.com's Calla Cofield talks to NASA's planetary science division director Jim Green about the impact of the New Horizons' mission and whether any new missions to the icy dwarf are planned.
15 July 2015, 12:12 PM ET
The star HP 11915 is similar in mass and age to our Sun. Now a Jupiter-like world has been found orbiting it. The distance between this planet and its star is roughly the same as that between Jupiter and the Sun.
14 July 2015, 09:12 PM ET
Telemetry and data has been received as planned on the evening of July 14th, 2015. The Mission Operations Manager (MOM) Alice Bowman delivers the update.
14 July 2015, 08:16 PM ET
He calls himself an "accessory" to the demotion of Pluto in an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt. Tyson uses Pluto's mass and its orbit crossing with that of Neptune as two major sticking point for classifying it as a dwarf planet.
14 July 2015, 09:17 AM ET
NASA's John Grunsfeld, Alan Stern and Alice Bowman talk at press conference less than an hour after the the probe's closest approach to the icy dwarf. They provide updates on when we should expect new images.
14 July 2015, 07:42 AM ET
New Horizons was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface of the icy dwarf at 4pm EDT on July 13th, 2015. Closest approach will occur at 7:49am EDT on July 14th.
13 July 2015, 05:39 PM ET
A collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History and Sweden's Linkoping University animates NASA's New Horizons closest encounter with the Pluto-Charon system. The OpenSpace software used can be obtained here: openspace.itn.liu.se.
13 July 2015, 12:07 PM ET
Investigation of imagery and other data from the approaching probe reveal Pluto to be larger than previous estimates. Principal investigator Alan Stern explains the implications on ice composition, rock estimates, and atmospheric composition.
13 July 2015, 09:26 AM ET
The new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" cast meets up with the old at San Diego Comic Con 2015 for a panel. Hear from Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and more.