Pluto News


Mission Press Releases

  • NASA’s New Horizons Reaches a Rare Space Milestone
    NASA HQ - Friday, April 16, 2021
    Posted on: 4/16/2021 2:25:55 PM PDT

  • Pluto Crater Named for New Horizons Pathfinder Tom Coughlin
    Johns Hopkins University APL New Horizons Mission - Thursday, August 27, 2020
    Posted on: 8/27/2020 10:27:31 PM PDT

  • Pluto at 90 Tombaugh's discovery revolutionized knowledge of our solar system
    Johns Hopkins University - Tuesday, February 18, 2020
    Posted on: 2/18/2020 9:29:10 PM PDT

  • SwRI to plan Pluto orbiter mission
    Southwest Research Institute - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    Posted on: 10/30/2019 5:11:35 PM PDT

  • International Astronomical Union Approves Second Set of Pluto Feature Names
    Johns Hopkins University APL New Horizons Mission - Thursday, August 8, 2019
    Posted on: 8/12/2019 9:03:05 PM PDT

  • Scientists reveal the secrets behind Pluto's dunes
    University of Plymouth - Thursday, May 31, 2018
    Posted on: 6/1/2018 1:20:58 AM PDT

  • New Horizons data reveals dunes made of methane on Pluto
    American Association for the Advancement of Science - Thursday, May 31, 2018
    Posted on: 6/1/2018 1:18:03 AM PDT

  • SwRI scientists introduce cosmochemical model for Pluto formation
    Southwest Research Institute - Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Posted on: 5/23/2018 3:38:34 PM PDT

  • New Horizons Chooses Nickname for 'Ultimate' Flyby Target
    NASA HQ - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    Posted on: 3/13/2018 3:06:23 PM PDT

  • NASA Extends Campaign to Nickname New Horizons' Next Target
    Johns Hopkins University APL New Horizons Mission - Thursday, November 30, 2017
    Posted on: 12/1/2017 2:17:25 AM PDT

  • Pluto Features Given First Official Names
    International Astronomical Union - Thursday, September 7, 2017
    Posted on: 9/7/2017 2:21:51 PM PDT

  • NASA's New Horizons Mission Honors Memory of Engineer Lisa Hardaway
    Johns Hopkins University APL New Horizons Mission - Monday, June 26, 2017
    Posted on: 6/27/2017 12:40:56 AM PDT

  • First Step in Official Naming of Surface Features on Pluto and Its Moons
    International Astronomical Union - Thursday, February 23, 2017
    Posted on: 2/23/2017 3:21:23 PM PDT

  • NASA Hosts Facebook Live to Mark Success, Future of New Horizons Mission
    NASA HQ - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
    Posted on: 1/17/2017 7:17:34 PM PDT

  • Lowell Observatory to Renovate Pluto Discovery Telescope
    Lowell Observatory - Thursday, January 5, 2017
    Posted on: 1/5/2017 9:46:08 PM PDT

  • Pluto Follows Its Cold, Cold Heart
    University of Arizona - Monday, November 21, 2016
    Posted on: 11/21/2016 3:20:30 PM PDT

  • More Evidence for 9th Planet Roaming Solar System's Outer Fringes
    University of Arizona - Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    Posted on: 10/19/2016 7:33:57 PM PDT

  • Pluto's Subsurface Ocean Likely Exists Today
    Planetary Science Institute - Thursday, June 23, 2016
    Posted on: 6/23/2016 3:56:25 PM PDT

  • Planet 9 Takes Shape
    University of Bern - Thursday, April 7, 2016
    Posted on: 4/7/2016 2:25:57 PM PDT

  • CU-Boulder student-built dust counter got few 'hits' on Pluto flyby
    University of Colorado at Boulder - Thursday, March 17, 2016
    Posted on: 3/17/2016 11:23:16 PM PDT

  • Mission Status Releases

  • Pluto Follow On Missions: Background, Rationale, and New Mission Recommendations
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - March 23, 2021
    Posted on: 3/23/2021 1:41:31 PM PDT

  • Persephone: A Pluto-System Orbiter and Kuiper Belt Explorer
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - February 17, 2021
    Posted on: 2/17/2021 3:43:45 PM PDT

  • Formation, Composition, and History of the Pluto System: A Post-New-Horizons Synthesis
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - December 2, 2020
    Posted on: 12/2/2020 8:38:24 PM PDT

  • The Wide-Binary Origin of The Pluto-Charon System
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - July 22, 2020
    Posted on: 7/22/2020 3:30:40 PM PDT

  • A Pluto-Charon Concerto: An Impact on Charon as the Origin of the Small Satellites
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - June 25, 2020
    Posted on: 6/25/2020 3:05:22 PM PDT

  • Charon: A brief history of tides
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - May 29, 2020
    Posted on: 5/29/2020 3:07:14 PM PDT

  • Distribution and Energy Balance of Pluto's Nitrogen Ice, as seen by New Horizons in 2015
    - December 5, 2019
    Posted on: 12/6/2019 2:15:58 AM PDT

  • Near-optimal capture in the planar circular restricted Pluto-Charon system
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - April 9, 2019
    Posted on: 4/9/2019 10:26:59 PM PDT

  • Reorientation of Sputnik Planitia implies a Subsurface Ocean on Pluto
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - March 13, 2019
    Posted on: 3/14/2019 2:12:48 AM PDT

  • Convection in a volatile nitrogen-ice-rich layer drives Pluto's geological vigor
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - March 13, 2019
    Posted on: 3/14/2019 2:11:59 AM PDT

  • A Pluto--Charon Sonata: Dynamical Limits on the Masses of the Small Satellites
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - March 12, 2019
    Posted on: 3/13/2019 2:10:52 AM PDT

  • Pluto's ephemeris from ground-based stellar occultations (1988-2016)
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - March 12, 2019
    Posted on: 3/13/2019 2:10:01 AM PDT

  • A Pluto-Charon Sonata: The Dynamical Architecture of the Circumbinary Satellite System
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - October 2, 2018
    Posted on: 10/3/2018 2:14:27 AM PDT

  • Feasibility of a resonance-based Planet Nine search
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - September 9, 2018
    Posted on: 9/10/2018 1:56:36 AM PDT

  • A White Paper on Pluto Follow On Missions: Background, Rationale, and New Mission Recommendations
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - August 22, 2018
    Posted on: 8/23/2018 12:52:15 AM PDT

  • Great Expectations: Plans and Predictions for New Horizons Encounter with Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 ('Ultima Thule')
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - August 7, 2018
    Posted on: 8/8/2018 1:03:28 AM PDT

  • New Horizons Team Reports Initial Success in Observing Ultima Thule
    Johns Hopkins University APL New Horizons Mission - August 4, 2018
    Posted on: 8/4/2018 2:34:26 PM PDT

  • New Horizons Team Prepares for Stellar Occultation Ahead of Ultima Thule Flyby
    Johns Hopkins University APL New Horizons Mission - August 2, 2018
    Posted on: 8/2/2018 2:44:38 PM PDT

  • The New Horizons Kuiper Belt Extended Mission
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - June 25, 2018
    Posted on: 6/25/2018 1:35:32 PM PDT

  • Primordial N2 provides a cosmochemical explanation for the existence of Sputnik Planitia Pluto
    arXiv.org e-Print archive - May 25, 2018
    Posted on: 5/25/2018 1:14:28 PM PDT