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We're Actively Creating the Geekiest World in the Universe

It’s no secret that scientists are incredible, unrepentant geeks, so we really shouldn’t be surprised that the tentative maps for Pluto and Charon read like the most awesome mishmash of exploration history and popular culture to ever grace a planetary system. And every single place holds a story. » 8/01/15 11:00am 8/01/15 11:00am

Pluto is Something Way More Awesome Than a Mere Planet

Stop hoping that Pluto will regain its former designation as a planet. It isn’t going to happen. But the good news is, Pluto is something much cooler than a mere planet. It’s the largest dwarf planet we know, and one half of the first binary planet system. Pluto didn’t get demoted, it got promoted. » 7/23/15 5:11pm 7/23/15 5:11pm

It's Open Season on Interpreting the Geology of Pluto and Charon

At less than a million miles from Pluto leading up to closest approach flyby on Tuesday, the New Horizons probe is sending back outright spectacular images of the dwarf planet and its largest moon. Every batch of best-ever images sparks speculation on what geology underlays the features on these distant, rocky worlds. » 7/13/15 2:51am 7/13/15 2:51am

When We Discovered Pluto, It Changed How We Saw The Solar System

On the 23rd and 24th of January, 1930, a young astronomer working in Flagstaff, Arizona, scanned a small patch of the night sky. He was taking pictures of star positions, looking for anomalies that would signal movement somewhere at the edge of the solar system. He took the pictures then set them aside, not realizing… » 7/12/15 4:25pm 7/12/15 4:25pm

This Teaser For The New Horizons Mission Will Give You Goosebumps

It’s been almost ten years since NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft embarked for the Pluto system. Next month, it will finally arrive. The National Space Society commissioned the video above in anticipation of the spacecraft’s historic flyby. Are you all excited yet? Because we’re excited. » 6/17/15 10:41pm 6/17/15 10:41pm