New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes Up

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has woke up today after six months of electronic hibernation. Flying through the Kuiper Belt more than 3.7 billion miles (6 billion kilometers) from Earth, New Horizons phoned home to let NASA flight controllers know it’s in good health. “We were here in the mission operations center, and it was great,” said Mission operations […]

Pluto – Overview

Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld and is on average, more than 3.6 billion miles away from the sun. Pluto is in a region called the Kuiper Belt which contains thousands of small, icy objects like itself. Pluto was discovered in 1930 by an American amateur astronomer, Clay Tombaugh. He predicted a planet beyond Neptune, based […]