Pluto fly-by immortalized in 4 perfect frames by Cyanide & Happiness webcomic

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Won't someone think of the poor exoplanets?

This little cartoon captures all of Pluto's lonely feels, as New Horizons probe flys by


Aww. Poor little Pluto.

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft phones home from Pluto, and all is “nominal”

Cheers and clapping at the Mission Operations Center (MOC), where the New Horizons spacecraft signal was received.
“We have a healthy spacecraft, we recorded data on the Pluto system, and we're outbound from Pluto.”

NASA Ground team stands by for Pluto fly-by confirmation signal from New Horizons

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is expected to radio home any minute now. We're watching on NASA TV. The moment will end a nearly 22-hour radio blackout as the probe focused on a series of close-up observations of Pluto and its moons.

From SpaceFlight Now:

Engineers expect to lock on to a carrier signal, then start receiving housekeeping data on the status of the New Horizons spacecraft. No science data will come down during Tuesday night’s pass.

“The reason why you’re not seeing more things immediately is because the spacecraft is spending all its time making the observations of the Pluto system,” says Hal Weaver, New Horizons’ project sciences from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. “That’s what we wanted to do. Of course, you want to optimize the scientific return from the mission.

A signal from New Horizons will be a celebratory moment for the hundreds of engineers and scientists working on the mission. The cessation of communications was part of the plan going into the flyby because New Horizons carries a fixed antenna, meaning mission managers have to choose between contacting Earth and conducting scientific work at Pluto.

Watch live: Ground team standing by for New Horizons signal

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Close-up images of Charon, Pluto's mysterious moon


A cold and distant place, imaged for the first time from a distance seemingly within reach. Read the rest

Watch: NASA celebrates 50 years of planetary science awesomeness


On July 14, 2015, New Horizons will take the first close-up pictures of Pluto, exactly 50 years to the day after Mariner 4 flew by Mars and took the first close-up pictures ever of another planet.

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Epic photo of the International Space Station passing in front of the moon

A stunning capture of the ISS in front of Earth's moon, by Dylan O'Donnell.

New NASA imagery reveals extent of tar on Santa Barbara beaches left by Refugio oil spill

AVIRIS-NG red-green-blue (visible) aerial image of the Refugio Incident oil spill, showing oil on the water and on nearby Santa Barbara Channel beaches.
The Refugio Incident created an ongoing environmental nightmare for local beaches and wildlife.

NASA: We're headed for Jupiter's moon Europa

Europa. Image: NASA.
Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life.

Space in ultra-high def: NASA releases 4K video from International Space Station

An unprecedented look at what it's like to live and work aboard the ISS.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft to do close fly-by of Saturn's moon Dione on June 16

Cassini will get as close as 321 miles (516 kilometers) of Dione's surface if all goes as planned.

Astronaut Terry Virts's photo of the Great Pyramids

Tweet by Astronaut Terry Virts, who returned to Earth a few days after 200 days on the International Space Station: "It took me until my last day in space to get a good picture of these!" Read the rest

NASA's new flying saucer-shaped LDSD Mars lander tech completes second test flight

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator hangs from a launch tower at U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. 
NASA/Bill Ingalls
The saucer-shaped craft that may help NASA do more on Mars splashed down Monday in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i.

Watch: Fly over the dwarf planet Ceres in this new NASA video


Here's a newly-released video animation of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, that provides “dramatic flyover views of this heavily cratered, mysterious world.” Read the rest

NASA releases amazing pics of Ceres


From JPL. Those white spots are an intriguing mystery. Read the rest

Play in the beautiful, terrible natural world

Part art, part science, Nadezda Suvorova's playful works celebrate the weird beauty of our reality

Strange reflections on dwarf planet Ceres

Conspiracy theorists are claiming that the two shiny spots on Ceres seen in photos taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft are either ice or salt patches. Read the rest

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