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Wasn't always frigid, astronomers think Pluto might've once upon a time been a warm body
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Wasn't always frigid, astronomers think Pluto might've once upon a time been a warm body

Pluto may possess an icy outer shell hundreds of km thick atop an ocean of water perhaps mixed with salts and ammonia, with a solid rocky core below.

Planetesimal Arrokoth is helping astronomers understand the formation of the planets
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Planetesimal Arrokoth is helping astronomers understand the formation of the planets

Arrokoth, imaged by NASA's New Horizon, is located 6.6 billion km from Earth and is part of the solar system’s original building blocks.

NASA renames ice world, visited by New Horizon, 'Arrokoth' after Nazi-link backlash
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NASA renames ice world, visited by New Horizon, 'Arrokoth' after Nazi-link backlash

The planet was named Ultima Thule after a mythical European land that is beyond the borders of the known world.

NASA researchers find evidence of water, organics on Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule
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NASA researchers find evidence of water, organics on Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule

NASA has found evidence for methanol, water ice, and organic molecules on Ultima Thule's surface.

NASA's faraway space snowman Ultima Thule has a flat, not round, behind
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NASA's faraway space snowman Ultima Thule has a flat, not round, behind

The finding may spark new theories on how such primitive objects formed early in the solar system.

Planet Nine mystery solved? Study suggests it's something far cooler than a planet
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Planet Nine mystery solved? Study suggests it's something far cooler than a planet

Planet Nine could just be a clump of smaller objects that appear as one, single 'planet'.

Light, camera, tumble! NASA releases film of space snowman captured by New Horizons
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Light, camera, tumble! NASA releases film of space snowman captured by New Horizons

The small, icy rock is seen spinning like a propeller on its centre – like a tumbling snowman!

NASA's explorer 'phoned home' after journey to the most distant world ever
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NASA's explorer 'phoned home' after journey to the most distant world ever

The explorer travelled 4 billion-mile to a frozen rock at the edge of the solar system.

NASA spaceship New Horizons zooms toward Ultima Thule: How to watch it LIVE
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NASA spaceship New Horizons zooms toward Ultima Thule: How to watch it LIVE

NASA will ring in the New Year with a live online broadcast to mark flyby of the Ultima Thule.

NASA's New Horizons to fly into the New Year studying a distant rock beyond Pluto
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NASA's New Horizons to fly into the New Year studying a distant rock beyond Pluto

New Horizons will fly-by of the farthest object ever studied by a spacecraft on New Years Day.

NASA's New Horizons to do historic New Years' flyby of farthest ever object studied
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NASA's New Horizons to do historic New Years' flyby of farthest ever object studied

Plutonium-powered New Horizons was launched in 2006 and is a days away from flying by Ultima Thule.

NASA's New Horizon spacecraft spots its next target, an icy world 160 mn km away
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NASA's New Horizon spacecraft spots its next target, an icy world 160 mn km away

The New Horizons probe, which flew past Pluto in 2015, is set to encounter the Kuiper Belt object.

Scientists find a carbon-rich asteroid which may provide insights about the Sun's formation
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Scientists find a carbon-rich asteroid which may provide insights about the Sun's formation

The object likely formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has been flung billions of kilometres from its origin to its current home in the Kuiper Belt.

NASA's New Horizons sets a record for capturing the farthest images from Earth, at a distance of 6.12 bn km
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NASA's New Horizons sets a record for capturing the farthest images from Earth, at a distance of 6.12 bn km

The new images released by NASA on 8 February were captured by New Horizons when the spacecraft was more than 6.12 billion km away.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sets new record by capturing the farthest image from Earth by a spacecraft
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sets new record by capturing the farthest image from Earth by a spacecraft

The new images released by NASA on Thursday were captured by New Horizons when the spacecraft was more than 6.12 billion km away.

NASA to send a mission to either a comet or to Saturn's moon Titan in the mid-2020's
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NASA to send a mission to either a comet or to Saturn's moon Titan in the mid-2020's

Which of these two NASA missions will finally make it will be known only in 2019.

You can now help give a new nickname to the next flyby target of NASA's New Horizons mission, 2014 MU69
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You can now help give a new nickname to the next flyby target of NASA's New Horizons mission, 2014 MU69

The object has a rather mundane name, 2014 MU69 and NASA is asking for help in coming up with a more exciting name for the object.

NASA's New Horizons team observes 2014 MU69, a Kuiper belt object in the outer solar system
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NASA's New Horizons team observes 2014 MU69, a Kuiper belt object in the outer solar system

The observations will help scientists better understand the size, shape, orbit and environment around 2014 MU69.

Nasa's New Horizons mission is half way to its next flyby target in the outer solar system
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Nasa's New Horizons mission is half way to its next flyby target in the outer solar system

Continuing on its path through the outer regions of the solar system, Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft has now traveled half the distance from Pluto.

Nasa's New Horizons mission finds hint of cloud on Pluto
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Nasa's New Horizons mission finds hint of cloud on Pluto

Scientists from Nasa's New Horizons mission claim to have identified some cloud candidates on Pluto after examining images taken during the spacecrafts July 2015 flight through the dwarf planet system