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Dwarf Planet Discovery Could Help Show Life's Spread Through Solar System
Topic: Outer Solar System
Objects at the Solar System's edge could one day show scientists how life arose on Earth. That's because many of these objects could contain organics, carbon-based material that are ingredients of life.

Life Could Have Hitched a Ride to the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn
Topic: Outer Solar System
A new study suggests the possibility of transfer of life from the inner solar system to the moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn, although very rare, cannot be ruled out.

From Plasma Science to Dwarf Planets: Fran Bagenal
Topic: Outer Solar System
Fran Bagenal is a Co-Investigator on NASA's New Horizons mission, which is set to arrive at Pluto and Charon in 2015.

Does Triton Have a Subsurface Ocean?
Topic: Outer Solar System
Neptune’s largest moon Triton is most likely a captured Kuiper Belt Object. The capture of icy Triton and the subsequent taming of its orbit likely led to the formation of a subsurface ocean through tidal heating. New research suggests that this ocean could still exist today.

Pluto's Hidden Ocean
Topic: Outer Solar System
NASA's New Horizon mission should be able to learn whether liquid water exists a hundred miles beneath Pluto's surface.

Mission to Mysterious Uranus
Topic: Outer Solar System
Scientists want to send an orbiter and probe to the ice giant planet Uranus, but do the resources exist to support such an ambitious project?

New Horizons mission to Pluto launched
Topic: Outer Solar System
The New Horizons mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 2 p.m. Eastern time this afternoon. The spacecraft is now headed to the planet Pluto, speeding from Earth at 8 miles per second. Because Pluto is so far away, it will take New Horizons nine years to reach its destination.

The Ice Dwarf Cometh
Topic: Outer Solar System
The New Horizons spacecraft, scheduled for launch in mid-January, will investigate the far-off planet Pluto and its icy moons. This will be the first spacecraft to study the Pluto system, as well as the mysterious outer region of our solar system known as the Kuiper Belt.

Voyage of The Voyagers: First Quarter-Century
Topic: Outer Solar System
When initially launched on August 20, 1977, the Voyager missions to Jupiter and Saturn were considered mission-capable for around 5-year lives. But after 25 years, there is a good chance that another 25 years for their tour is on-course.
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