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Los Angeles Times

Deborah Netburn

Writer

Deborah Netburn is a science reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She began her journalism career at the New York Observer in 1999, and has covered residential real estate, rich kids in Manhattan, entertainment, home and garden, national news, and technology. She has worked at the Los Angeles Times since 2006.

Recent Articles

  • High-resolution shocker: Pluto has Rocky Mountain-sized peaks, New Horizons reveals

    High-resolution shocker: Pluto has Rocky Mountain-sized peaks, New Horizons reveals

    The first high-resolution images sent back by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are already prompting scientists to reconsider their ideas about Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, as distant, dormant worlds.The new pictures, released Wednesday, reveal that Pluto is home to a large mountain range...

  • 'It was just like we practiced': New Horizons' flawless Pluto flyby

    'It was just like we practiced': New Horizons' flawless Pluto flyby

    It's official: New Horizons has survived its close flyby of the Pluto system unscathed. “We have a healthy spacecraft, we have a healthy system, and we are outbound for Pluto,” Alice Bowman, mission operations manager for New Horizons, said Tuesday night after the first group of ones and zeros...

  • Pluto is now the most distant object ever visited by humanity

    Pluto is now the most distant object ever visited by humanity

    After a nearly decadelong journey, the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past Pluto early Tuesday. The dwarf planet is now the most distant object ever visited by humanity. New Horizons' closest approach was scheduled for 4:49 a.m. PDT when the spacecraft would be just 7,800 miles away — close enough...

  • Why New Horizons' closest approach to Pluto will be just 8 minutes long

    Why New Horizons' closest approach to Pluto will be just 8 minutes long

    For 9-1/2 years, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sped through space at more than 30,000 mph on a one-way trip to Pluto. But when it finally gets to its distant destination, it has no plans to slow down. "We are just flying by, so the spacecraft does not go into orbit," said New Horizons principal...

  • Journey to Pluto: 9.5 years, one amazing flyby

    Journey to Pluto: 9.5 years, one amazing flyby

    We are SO CLOSE! After a journey of 9.5 years across 3 billion miles of space, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is about to give humanity its first detailed look at Pluto and its large moon Charon. At approximately 4:49 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, the spacecraft will fly within 7,800 miles of Pluto's...

  • Three people overdose on party drug GHB in Venice

    A 44-year-old woman died and two others remain in critical condition after they apparently overdosed on GHB, an illegal party drug, police said. Emergency workers were called to a home in Venice Beach just before dawn Sunday.  The call was made by a fourth person, said Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman...

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