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New research: Pluto should be reclassified as a planet

A new review by astronomers calls for Pluto to be re-classified as a planet, stating that the reasons given for downgrading the celestial body were invalid. If successful, Pluto would be reinstated as the ninth planet in the solar system.

Essential Science: Methane ice dunes found on Pluto

Houston - Methane ice dunes have been detected on the surface of Pluto, by NASA spacecraft. The structures offer a new insight into the dwarf planet and with the differences in planetary structures within our solar system.

Dwarf planet Ceres contains organic material and possibly life

A recently published study reveals scientists have detected carbon-based materials on the dwarf planet Ceres. These organic molecules are considered to be the building blocks of life on Earth and it is possible life exists on the dwarf planet.

NASA Dawn mission reveals dwarf planet Ceres with crystal clarity

Pasadena - The latest images of Ceres, taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, show sections of this mysterious dwarf planet in breathtaking detail.

Data from Pluto mission expected to keep arriving for 16 months

Laurel - The universe itself may be billions of years old, but that doesn't mean all of its components were created at the same time.

Pluto: Flyby makes history and wows world

NASA's New Horizons made history by being the first spacecraft to reach the dwarf planet Pluto, the last unexplored world in the solar system.
 

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Area where organic materials were found on Ceres. The warmer the colour  the higher the concentratio...
Area where organic materials were found on Ceres. The warmer the colour, the higher the concentration.
NASA/JPL/CALTECH/UCLA/ASI/INAF/MPS/DLR/IDA
The dwarf planet Ceres  also the largest asteroid in the solar system  is seen here in an amazing vi...
The dwarf planet Ceres, also the largest asteroid in the solar system, is seen here in an amazing view from the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA, ESA, J. Parker (Southwest Research Institute), L. McFadden (University of Maryland)
The Solar System  including the objects in question during the IAU s recent planet definition debate...
The Solar System, including the objects in question during the IAU's recent planet definition debate : Ceres, Pluto-Charon, and Eris.
The International Astronomical Union/Martin Kornmesser
The fractured floor of Dantu Crater on Ceres as seen by NASA s Dawn spacecraft. Similar fractures ar...
The fractured floor of Dantu Crater on Ceres as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Similar fractures are present in Tycho, one of the youngest large craters on Earth's moon. This cracking may have resulted from the cooling of impact melt, or when the crater floor was uplifted after the crater formed.
NASA/JPL
Ceres in solar system
Ceres in solar system
UCIrvine
Diagram showing a possible internal structure of Ceres
Diagram showing a possible internal structure of Ceres
Wikipedia
Kupalo Crater is one of the youngest craters on Ceres. The crater has bright material exposed on its...
Kupalo Crater is one of the youngest craters on Ceres. The crater has bright material exposed on its rim and walls, which could be salts. Its flat floor likely formed from impact melt and debris. Kupalo, which measures 16 miles (26 kilometers) across and is located at southern mid-latitudes, is named for the Slavic god of vegetation and harvest.
NASA/JPL
Dawn probe arriving at Ceres
Dawn probe arriving at Ceres
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