What Has New Horizons Taught Us About Pluto?

 

By: It’s Okay To Be Smart

Originally published on Aug 11, 2015

Pluto’s not just cool… it’s ICE COLD
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Since New Horizons flew by Pluto on July 14, 2015, it’s completely redefined what we know about the dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon. New Horizons’ mission will continue to be full of surprises, but here’s what we’ve learned so far.

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Unless otherwise noted, all images and animations courtesy of NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

MORE NEW HORIZONS STUFF:
Calculate your Pluto time: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/plutotime/
New Horizons image gallery: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ne…
Planetary Society New Horizons news: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/blog-a…
Nadia Drake’s excellent New Horizons coverage: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.c…
Pluto and Charon are weird: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/20…
What kind of ices are on Pluto? http://space.io9.com/the-ice-of-pluto…
Pluto’s hazy atmosphere: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/na…
Geologic features of Pluto and Charon: http://space.io9.com/were-actively-cr…
What are tholins? Why Pluto looks red: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-…
Pluto’s other moons, Nix and Hydra: http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/new…
Pluto’s family portrait: http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/s…
Dwarf planets of the solar system: http://www.space.com/18584-dwarf-plan…
Catalog of unusual “minor planet objects” in solar system: http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/…

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