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The New Horizons mission has been launched to Pluto. It is the first time a spacecraft has been sent to an unexplored world since the Voyager 2 craft visited Neptune in the late 1980s. New Horizons' trip to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt Objects will cover uncharted territory in the exploration of the Solar System.

2007-02-27

 planet Pluto New Horizons Neptune Kuiper Belt
Astronomers say they have observed, for the first time, a distant icy world orbiting beyond Neptune as it passed briefly in front of a bright star.

2010-06-16

 Kuiper Belt Solar System eclipse planet asteroid comet
In 2008, Physicist Freeman Dyson gave a TED talk where he suggested that in the future there will be do-it-yourself biotechnology kits for the home geneticist, and that this is a necessary for the future acceptance of biotech by the general population. “We should follow the model that has been so successful with the electronic industry.” Dyson said. “What really turned computers into a great success in the world as a whole was toys. As...

2008

 biotechnology toread TED Freeman Dyson physics DIY Kuiper Belt extraterrestrial life philosophy Solar System