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NASA Spacecraft Photographs Pluto's Largest Moon Charon

A NASA spacecraft bound for Pluto has captured its first photo of the dwarf planet's largest moon Charon, a cosmic snapshot snapped from nearly 550 million miles away.  Full story

2 Pluto Moons Get New Names (Sorry 'Star Trek' Fans)

It's official! Two tiny moons orbiting the dwarf planet Pluto finally have new names: Styx and Kerberos. Full story

Pluto May Have 10 More Undiscovered Moons, Study Suggests

A flotilla of 10 or more tiny undiscovered moons might lurk in Pluto's orbit, complicating a spacecraft's planned flyby of the distant dwarf planet in 2015, new simulations suggest. Full story

Trekkies try to name Pluto’s moon ‘Vulcan’

   The influence of “Star Trek” fans has not waned, it seems; in a campaign led by Captain Kirk portrayer William Shatner, they have made “Vulcan” that top choice for naming one of Pluto’s moons.

Your Help Wanted to Name Two of Pluto's Moons

If you've ever wanted to leave your mark on the heavens, here's your chance. Full story

Pluto moon names to be selected by public voting, we talk to astronomer Mark Showalter

P4 and P5 aren't the sorts of names that impart the manner of excitement space exploration companies and organizations are looking to inspire in the next generation of enthusiasts (nor the customers, philanthropists and tax payers destined to fund those explorations). The SETI Institute, a private Full story

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Hubble's view of Pluto
Hubble's view of Pluto

These two pictures of Pluto represent the Hubble Space Telescope's most detailed view of the dwarf planet, but pictures from NASA's New Horizons probe should provide better resolution.

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= RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / NASA / ESA " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS =This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows five moons orbiting the distant, icy dwarf planet Pluto. The green circle marks

Pluto stamp
Pluto stamp

This concept art for a 2015 stamp celebrates NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto.

Pluto stamp design
Pluto stamp design

Planetary scientist Dan Durda's prototype design for a Pluto stamp features NASA's New Horizons probe.

Stern and Tombaugh
Stern and Tombaugh

Patsy Tombaugh, the widow of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh, attends ceremonies marking the 2006 launch of NASA's New Horizons probe to Pluto with mission principal investigator Alan Stern at her side.

Pluto and moons
Pluto and moons

Pluto and its four moons are shown in this Hubble Space Telescope image. The newfound satellite, currently known as P4, is the faint speck toward the right edge of the image.