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First Official Pluto Feature Names

The International Astronomical Union (IAU), the internationally recognized authority for naming celestial bodies and their surface features, approved names of 14 surface features on Pluto in August 2017.

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A Kuiper Belt Pair? Artist’s Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Binary Object

This is one artist’s concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, the next flyby target for NASA’s New Horizons mission.

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Artist’s Concept of 2014 MU69 as a Single Object

Artist’s concept of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, which is the next flyby target for NASA’s New Horizons mission.

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Marc Buie Detecting the Fleeting Shadow in Argentina

Marc Buie, New Horizons occultation campaign lead, holds up five fingers to represent the number of mobile telescopes in Argentina initially believed to have detected the fleeting shadow of 2014 MU69.

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Soaring over Charon

In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons.

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Soaring over Pluto

In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons.

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Global Mosaics of Pluto and Charon

Global mosaics of Pluto and Charon projected at 300 meters (985 feet) per pixel that have been assembled from most of the highest resolution images obtained by the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and the Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) onboard New Horizons.

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