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NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'

Jan 03, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The first detailed images allow scientists to confidently determine the body was formed when two spheres, or 'lobes,' slowly gravitated towards each other until they stuck together – a major scientific discovery

ULTIMA THULE. This handout image released January 2, 2019 by NASA, the first color image of Ultima Thule, taken at a distance of 85,000 miles (137,000 kilometers) at 4:08 Universal Time on January 1, 2019, highlights its reddish surface. AFP PHOTO / NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute

NASA's New Horizons succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have a healthy spacecraft,' says the missions operations manager for the unmanned spacecraft

FLYBY. This artist's illustration obtained from NASA on December 21, 2018 shows the New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69 –€“ nicknamed '€œUltima Thule'€ –€“ a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles beyond Pluto. Handout by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/AFP

NASA spaceship closes in on distant world

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The historic flyby to Ultima Thule, the most distant world ever studied, is set to 'take us back 4 and a half billion years to the birth of the solar system'

BEAMING UP. Artist's impression of the New Horizons probe sending data towards the Earth. File Photo by NASA

NASA rings in New Year with historic flyby of faraway world

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The flyby takes place about a billion miles beyond Pluto, the most faraway world visited by a spacecraft so far

Pluto's largest moon likely fractured by sub-surface ocean – NASA

Feb 20, 2016 - 5:14 PM

Detailed pictures from the New Horizon space probe show a system of pull apart tectonic faults on Charon s equator running at least 1 100 miles long

PLUTO'S BIGGEST MOON. A handout picture made available by NASA on July 16, 2015, shows Charon, the largest moon of Pluto, taken by the New Horizons satellite Long Range Reconnaissance Imager from a distance of 466,000 km on 13 July 2015. EPA/NASA-JHUAPL-SwRI handout photo

NASA shows 'best close-ups' of Pluto

Dec 05, 2015 - 8:33 PM

The US space agency calls the high resolution photos the best ever taken of the dwarf planet

UNA in Cebu, LP's postponement, Pluto’s surprise | 12PM wRap

Oct 09, 2015 - 12:03 PM

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Blue skies, frozen water detected on Pluto

Oct 09, 2015 - 5:01 AM

Never before has Pluto – a resident of the distant Kuiper Belt a frigid region of the solar system beyond Neptune that is home to many comets and asteroids – been observed in such detail

BLUE RING. Pluto’s haze layer shows its blue color in this picture taken by the New Horizons Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC). NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Earth's 'cousin,' YouTube updates, the latest Tomb Raider game | SciTech4u

Jul 29, 2015 - 1:48 PM

Rappler s business reporter and tech enthusiast Chris Schnabel sits in for Matthew Ang where he gives a rundown of Apple s latest earnings YouTube s newest features and San Francisco s pee proof walls

Flowing nitrogen ice glaciers seen on Pluto

Jul 25, 2015 - 10:32 AM

We ve only seen surfaces like this on active worlds like Earth and Mars

PLUTO'S SURFACE. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach, captured from New Horizons at about 4 pm EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. Image courtesy of NASA

Pluto flyby, New Horizons CPU, YouTube watchtime | SciTech4u

Jul 24, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Did you know that New Horizons is powered by the same CPU as a PlayStation?

Poe on 2016, NBI on Mamasapano, Pluto up close | 12PM wRap

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:57 AM

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Pluto up close: Icy mountain ranges seen after NASA flyby

Jul 16, 2015 - 7:03 AM

NASA said the findings suggest that Pluto is geologically active and contains parts that are youthful in astronomical terms

UP CLOSE. New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise – a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body. Credits: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI

Napoles' assets, Sereno’s independence, Pluto probe survives | 6PM wRap

Jul 15, 2015 - 7:19 PM

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Napoles’ assets, Mary Jane’s sentence, NASA reaches Pluto | 12PM wRap

Jul 15, 2015 - 12:34 PM

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New Horizons probe survives close encounter with Pluto

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:12 AM

UPDATED We have a healthy spacecraft We are outbound from Pluto

UP CLOSE. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach, captured from New Horizons at about 4 pm EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. The spacecraft was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface. Image courtesy NASA

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft whizzes past Pluto

Jul 14, 2015 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED We have completed the initial reconnaissance of the solar system

FLYBY. Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. Image courtesy Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

NASA counts down to nail-biter Pluto flyby

Jul 14, 2015 - 7:51 AM

There is a one in 10 000 chance that the spacecraft could be lost in a collision with debris around Pluto

FLYBY. Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. Image courtesy Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)

NASA craft discovers heart shape on Pluto as flyby nears

Jul 12, 2015 - 10:18 AM

A piano sized NASA spacecraft called New Horizons hurtles toward the distant celestial body on its way toward a historic flyby on Tuesday July 14

CLOSER. New Horizons' last look at Pluto's Charon-facing hemisphere reveals intriguing geologic details that are of keen interest to mission scientists. This image, taken early the morning of July 11, 2015, shows newly-resolved linear features above the equatorial region that intersect, suggestive of polygonal shapes. This image was captured when the spacecraft was 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers) from Pluto. Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Glitch sees NASA briefly lose touch with Pluto mission

Jul 07, 2015 - 8:32 AM

The communications blackout on Saturday July 4 lasted nearly an hour and half and perplexed scientists as they tried to figure out what had gone wrong aboard the New Horizons spacecraft

BLURRY VIEW. An color version of an image of Pluto taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 3, 2015. Image courtesy NASA/JJUAPL/SWRI

Hubble at 25, Google's Project Fi, Chile volcanic eruption | SciTech4u

Apr 27, 2015 - 3:30 PM

That and the girl who proved Einstein right in this week s episode of SciTech4u

Pluto, now blurry, will become clear with NASA flyby

Apr 15, 2015 - 3:52 PM

The US space agency s unmanned New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to pass by Pluto on July 14 and will send back unprecedented high resolution images

HELLO, PLUTO. This image of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken by the Ralph color imager aboard New Horizons on April 9, 2015, from a distance of about 71 million miles (115 million kilometers). It is the first color image ever made of the Pluto system by a spacecraft on approach. Image courtesy NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Ready for a close-up: New Horizons set for Pluto pics

Jan 26, 2015 - 1:15 PM

NASA scientists took the spacecraft out of hibernation in December to get it ready for its upcoming close ups of Pluto and Charon

BEAMING UP. Artist's impression of the New Horizons probe sending data towards the Earth. Image courtesy NASA

NASA craft to probe Pluto after 9-year journey

Dec 07, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The New Horizons probe launched January 2006 aims to study Pluto an icy body with several moons near the outer reaches of our solar system

CLOSE UP. Artist's impression of the New Horizons probe. Image courtesy NASA