Discovery Stories

Quick takes on observations and discoveries from New Horizons' voyage to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

October 29, 2020

One Organic Compound Creates Pluto's Many Surface Colors

New models show that the range of colors on Pluto's surface can be reproduced by altering the abundance and particle size of a single coloring agent called tholin.

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2020

October 29, 2020

One Organic Compound Creates Pluto's Many Surface Colors

New models show that the range of colors on Pluto's surface can be reproduced by altering the abundance and particle size of a single coloring agent called tholin.

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August 24, 2020

Cryovolcanic Flooding in Pluto's Viking Terra

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June 25, 2020

Arrokoth's Features Support a Low Speed Binary Merger Origin

New Horizons' cameras revealed the Kuiper Belt object Arrokoth's remarkable shape, with unequal-sized lobes joined by a narrow neck.

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June 25, 2020

Color and Surface Composition of Arrokoth

On New Year's Day 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft flew close by the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) Arrokoth, revealing its color and surface composition.

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June 25, 2020

Arrokoth: A Key Clue to Planet Formation

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June 9, 2020

Record-Smashing Parallax and First Interstellar Navigation

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2019

July 11, 2019

Prebiotic Chemistry of Pluto

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February 11, 2019

Where Have the Small Kuiper Belt Objects Gone

Analysis of the crater size frequency distributions on Plutos moon Charon has produced a surprising result.

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2018

December 18, 2018

Global Maps of Pluto's Surface and Topography

During its flyby of Pluto in July 2015, cameras on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured thousands of images, which have been painstakingly analyzed to create a color coded topographical map.

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December 18, 2018

Global Maps of Charon's Surface and Topography

During its flyby of Pluto in July 2015, cameras on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured thousands of images, which have been painstakingly analyzed to create a color coded topographical map.

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December 14, 2018

Pluto's Washboard and Fluted Terrains

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December 14, 2018

Pluto's Amazing Color Diversity

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September 11, 2018

The New Horizons Extended Mission and Predictions for the Encounter with Arrokoth

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February 1, 2018

Pluto's Massive Ice Blades

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2017

September 20, 2017

Portable Telescopes Reveal the Silhouette of Next New Horizons Flyby Target

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