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Astrobiology Top 10: New Horizons
Topic: Outer Solar System
Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2006, highlighting the Top 10 astrobiology stories of a very eventful year. At number 9 is the launch of the New Horizons mission to Pluto. By visiting Pluto and its neighbors in the Kuiper Belt, scientists hope to learn more about the history if the solar system and its potential for life. (This article originally appeared on January 19, 2006.)

A Glimmer of Pluto on the Horizon
Topic: Outer Solar System
The New Horzons spacecraft is continuing to speed through the solar system, and now it has spotted its main target: Pluto. New Horizons plans to study Pluto and its neighbors in the Kuiper Belt, a ring of icy bodies located on the outer edge of our solar system.

Capturing Triton
Topic: Outer Solar System
Neptune's large moon Triton may have abandoned an earlier partner to arrive in its unusual orbit around Neptune. Triton is unique among all the large moons in the solar system because it orbits Neptune in a direction opposite to the planet's rotation (a "retrograde" orbit).

Hubble Spies Pluto's New Moons
Topic: Outer Solar System
The Kuiper Belt is a band of icy, rocky objects and dwarf planets that orbit the Sun in the outer region of our solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune. It has been known since 1992; Pluto is its most prominent member. Using the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys, the team that originally discovered the moons in two sets of Pluto observations in May 2005, confirmed their discovery in new Hubble images.

To Pluto and Beyond
Topic: Outer Solar System
As the New Horizons mission to Pluto prepared for launch in January, NASA presented a webcast in which mission scientists answered questions from the public. In this edited transcript, project scientist Harold Weaver Jr. talks about what we could learn about Pluto.

Questioning Pluto
Topic: Outer Solar System
As the New Horizons mission to Pluto prepared for launch in January, NASA presented a webcast in which scientists answered questions from public. In this edited transcript, David Kusnierkiewicz, mission systems engineer for New Horizons, talks about technology that will take spacecraft to Pluto and beyond.

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.

Moons Over the Kuiper Belt
Topic: Outer Solar System
In the not-too-distant past, the planet Pluto was thought to be an odd bird in the outer reaches of the solar system because it has a moon, Charon, that was formed much like Earth's own moon was formed. But Pluto is getting a lot of company these days. Of the four largest objects in the Kuiper belt, three have one or more moons.

Sizing Up the Ferryman
Topic: Outer Solar System
Being in the right place at the right time gave a group of Massachusetts research astronomers a unique opportunity to study Pluto's largest moon Charon. The resulting measurements, to unprecedented accuracy, of Charon's size and possible atmosphere provide insight into the way this distant world may have formed.

Pluto... Brrrr!
Topic: Outer Solar System
Mercury is boiling. Mars is freezing. The Earth is just right. When it comes to the temperatures of the planets, it makes sense that they should get colder the farther away they are from the Sun. But then there is Pluto. It has been suspected that this remote world might be even colder than it should be. Smithsonian scientists now have shown this to be true.

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