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When Pluto’s frozen heart beats, it creates wind

by Ashley Strickland, CNN

During its flyby of Pluto in 2015, NASA’s New Horizons mission captured a now iconic image of a heart-shaped feature on the dwarf planet. And new research about Pluto’s “frozen heart” has revealed that its “heartbeat” actually controls wind, which could sculpt the landscape on its surface.

The heart-shaped feature is known as Tombaugh Regio, named in honor of astronomer Clybe Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930. Tuesday is also Tombaugh’s birthday.

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Is Interstellar Travel Really Possible?

by Paul Sutter, Space.com

Interstellar space travel. Fantasy of every five-year-old kid within us. Staple of science fiction serials. Boldly going where nobody has gone before in a really fantastic way. As we grow ever more advanced with our rockets and space probes, the question arises: could we ever hope to colonize the stars? Or, barring that far-flung dream, can we at least send space probes to alien planets, letting them tell us what they see?

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Days Before Ultima Thule Flyby, New Horizons Has Detected Something Weird About Its Distant Target

by George Dvorsky, Gizmodo

NASA’s New Horizons is en route to Ultima Thule, a journey that will see the NASA spacecraft whiz past this mysterious Kuiper Belt object on New Year’s Day. But as the probe nears, mission specialists are already having to deal with a rather strange observation—an anomaly in the way Ultima Thule is reflecting incoming light.

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