Music and astronomy have been intimately linked since antiquity.
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From Twinkle Twinkle to Space Odyssey and beyond, humans have always turned to music to help deal with the profoundly confronting enormity of the cosmos. Is that a match made in the heavens?
Pluto’s newly clear topography.
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Photos from the spacecraft's close approach are dazzling. They and other data from the mission will fill in some of the blanks about Pluto and provide a snapshot of the infant solar system.
Pluto’s enigmatic companion Charon.
What can the data from New Horizons tell us about the dwarf planet's five moons?
High resolution view of a 300 km wide region of Pluto. But where are the impact craters?
Lack of impact craters intrigues space experts who say it suggests the dwarf planet may be geologically active.
It’s all happening! New Horizons’ science team members react to crisp shots of Pluto.
New Horizons mission members have worked on the project for even longer than it's taken the spacecraft to get to Pluto. They've planned, built and researched – and now their efforts are paying off.
Everything in space is so far away, but probes bring us closer.
One of the most detailed images of Pluto captured by New Horizons just before it’s closest approach to the dwarf planet.
Now the flypast of Pluto is over the space probe New Horizons will begin sending the data back to Earth. It will take many months but what will it reveal about the dwarf planet?
Preparation of Mariner 4 before its fly-by of Mars, exactly 50 years ago.
Exactly half a century ago the US Mariner 4 made the first flyby of Mars. But why are we still doing flybys today?
Latest and most detailed image of Pluto, just before the fly-by.
After a decade in space, New Horizons has finally completed its fly-by of Pluto. And the fact that it is no longer a planet makes it all the more interesting.
The last photo sent to Earth by New Horizons before its flyby, and arguably the ‘textbook’ photo of the planet for the next few decades.
Join Tanya Hill as she live blogs the New Horizons flyby of Pluto at 9.30pm AEST tonight.
What would New Horizons be able to achieve if it had been built today rather than 20 years ago?
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is nearly two decades old. Is that a problem?
New Horizons’ look at Pluto’s Charon-facing hemisphere reveals intriguing geologic details that are of keen interest to mission scientists. This image was taken on July 11, 2015, when the spacecraft was 4 million km from Pluto.
The New Horizons spacecraft is only hours away from its closest approach to Pluto. It's hoped the brief encounter will help answer many questions about the oddball member of our solar system.
Artist’s impression Pluto and it’s largest satellite Charon. Is this how the dwarf planet will look as New Horizons swings past?
Pluto is one of the most enigmatic objects in our solar system, and its secrets are soon to be uncovered by the New Horizons probe.
Artist’s impression of New Horizons approaching Pluto and its moons.
Will the best ever images of Pluto reveal something that presents a case for planethood?
Astronomers from around the world identify their favourite images sent back to Earth by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Artist’s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.
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Who gets to name the craters and features on our planets was once an ad hoc affair. But now the public can have a say with just days left to vote.
Two views of Ceres acquired by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft ten hours apart on Feb. 12, 2015, from a distance of about 52,000 miles as the dwarf planet rotated.
With increasing knowledge and familiarity, we'll no longer be able to identify meaningful criteria to keep these good planets down.
Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto and its largest moon, Charon (foreground) in July 2015.
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