Pluto NASA Videos

7 Facts About NASA's New Horizons Pluto Mission
NASA's New Horizons was launched on January 19, 2006 from Cape Canaveral. It is on a mission of performing flybys of the Pluto system and one or more other Kuiper belt objects (KBOs).

Direct From Pluto, First Encounter, Discovery Science Documentary - 2015
After a nine-year journey to Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on the verge of delivering tte first up-close images of the mysterious dwarf planet.

NASA’s New Horizons Team Reveals New Scientific Findings on Pluto
During a July 24 science update at NASA headquarters, new surprising imagery and science results were revealed from the recent flyby of Pluto, by the New Horizons spacecraft. These included an image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager or (LORRI) – looking back at Pluto – hours after the historic flyby that shows haze in the planet’s sunlit atmosphere, that extends as high as 80 miles above Pluto’s surface – much higher than expected. Models suggest that the hazes form when ultraviolet sunlight breaks apart methane gas. LORRI images also show evidence that exotic ices have flowed – and may still be flowing across Pluto’s surface, similar to glacial movement on Earth. This unpredicted sign of present-day geologic activity was detected in Sputnik Planum – an area in the western part of Pluto’s heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio. Additionally, new compositional data from New Horizons’ Ralph instrument indicate that the center of Sputnik Planum is rich in nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and methane ices.

National Geographic - Mission Pluto (2015)
National Geographic Channel joins top scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in conjunction with NASA on a historic mission to the edge of our solar system with the goal of capturing the first clear images and data ever recorded of Pluto. Small, cold, and absurdly far away, Pluto has always been selfish with its secrets. Since its discovery in 1930, the dwarf planet has revolved beyond reach, its frosty surface a blurred mystery that even the most powerful telescopes can’t bring into focus. We know about Pluto. But we don’t really know it.

New Horizon Launch
Two views of launch of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft aboard an Atlas V rocket on January 19, 2006, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. New Horizons was the fastest spacecraft ever launched, leaving Earth at approximately 36,000 miles per hour.

New Horizons Launch, TBT Launches
Welcome to Throw Back Thursday Launches! Today we look back at the launch of New Horizons on its mission to Pluto.

Pluto in a Minute, How Did New Horizons Get to Pluto
Designing a trajectory for a flyby mission to Pluto involves working backwards from what you want to do when you get into the system, at least, that's the way Yanping Guo approached the problem. She began by looking at the science the team wanted to get done while at Pluto, and there were two very interesting design constraints, namely, there were two occultations, one from the Sun and one from the Earth. The spacecraft had to fly behind Pluto and have both the Sun and the Earth on the opposite side of the planet at the same time. There are only two times in the Earth year when that happens, once in January and once in July.

The Sky at Night, Pluto Revealed - Documentary
The Sky at Night, Pluto Revealed - Documentary