Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pluto Updates

It's been over eight months since the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto in July 2015 and opened up a whole new world of planetary science for astronomers and the public.  Never before had we seen images of the surface of Pluto and now we filled with amazing images such as this one.

Wow!  It doesn't make the news as much eight months later, but New Horizons is still sending back data and new images are coming in every week!  Last month, for example, we learned that Pluto's large moon, Charon, may be the home of a frozen ocean!  How awesome is that?!?!

We also learned that Pluto has large frozen canyons near its North Pole!  Wow!  

My point in this post is to show that new discoveries on Pluto are still coming in eight months later and will continue to come in for months to come.  The New Horizons mission was, and still is, an amazingly successful mission!  Check in with NASA now and then to see what new images/discoveries are released!

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