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What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie was made from more than 100 images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015.

When it comes to Pluto, classification is tricky, but it's unquestioningly a rocky body. This is Pluto in a Minute.

Another first from Pluto: frozen volcanoes in the distant solar system.

This movie is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby on July 14, 2015.

SOFIA Captures Pluto Occultation

It is no easy task to capture the shadow of Pluto as it travels across the surface of Earth at more than 53,000 mph--but that is exactly what NASA scientists and flight crew did on the night of June 29, 2015.

This simulated flyover of two regions on Pluto, northwestern Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain) and Hillary Montes (Hillary Mountains), was created from New Horizons close-approach images. Sputnik Planum has been informally named for Earth's first artificial satellite, launched in 1957.

During a July 24 science update at NASA headquarters, new surprising imagery and science results were revealed from the recent flyby of Pluto, by the New Horizons spacecraft.

Pluto's Impact on Culture

Griffith Observatory Curator Dr. Laura Danly and Griffith Observatory Director Dr. E.C. Krupp show the latest images of Pluto from New Horizons and illustrate Pluto's impact on culture from its discovery until now.

Peering closely at the "heart of Pluto," in the western half of what mission scientists have informally named Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), New Horizons' Ralph instrument revealed evidence of carbon monoxide ice.

NASA wrapped up a week of historic news from Pluto with more amazing images and scientific discoveries. Starting next week, NASA will transition to weekly news conferences as there's new data to present.

After a nearly decade-long journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft arrived at Pluto on July 14 - passing by at a mere 7,750 miles above the surface ... resulting in an absolutely breathtaking image - the closest ever of Pluto.

New Horizons has discovered a region of cold, dense ionized gas tens of thousands of miles beyond Pluto -- the planet's atmosphere being stripped away by the solar wind and lost to space.

In the latest data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes.

Scientists working with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft have observed Pluto's atmosphere as far as 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) above the surface of the planet, demonstrating that Pluto's nitrogen-rich atmosphere is quite extended. This is the first observation of Pluto's atmosphere at altitudes higher than 170 miles above the planet's surface (270 kilometers).

NASA officials and team members of the New Horizons mission to Pluto participate in a news conference featuring release of the first ever close-up images of Pluto's surface and moons, and initial reactions from the New Horizons science team.

After a gut wrenching day for mission team members, New Horizons contacted Earth on schedule and reported its systems were all green and that it had collected the amount of data expected after is closest approach to the ice world.

New Horizon Phones Home

NASA TV's coverage of the historic New Horizons mission to Pluto included a the reaction to the transmission by the New Horizons spacecraft of a preprogrammed signal after its closest approach to Pluto.

Pluto Revealed

While yesterday's image from New Horizons of Pluto is the best we've ever had, what's to come in the coming days and weeks will be even more spectacular.

After its closest approach to Pluto NASA held a media briefing to provide a mission update.

New Horizons Arrives at Pluto

At approximately 7:49 a.m. on July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to be as close as it will get to Pluto, approximately 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) above the surface. This historic moment is part of NASA's coverage of New Horizons' nine year, three billion mile journey to the Pluto system to gather data about Pluto and its moons.

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