Scientists said Pluto in covered in flowing ice and is hazier than they expected.
Pluto’s heart is vast and frozen – in a good way.
Pictures snapped Monday gave us our first clear look at Pluto, our solar system’s most famous dwarf planet, thanks to New Horizons.
Culminating a journey from planet Earth that spanned 3 billion miles and 9 ½ years, the moment of closest approach to Pluto for the New Horizons spacecraft came Tuesday at 7:49 AM.
New Horizons blasted into space in 2006. Tuesday morning, scientists at mission control broke out into cheers as the spacecraft finally flew past the most famous dwarf planet in our solar system. We’ve now gotten up close to every planet from Mercury to Pluto.
Pluto, once considered the ninth planet from the sun, is a little bigger than anyone imagined.
Pluto, reveal thyself, and Earthlings, enjoy the show.
After traveling 3 billion miles, over the course of nine years, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto’s doorstep.
Nine years in the making, a NASA spacecraft will begin photographing Pluto, the mysterious, unexplored, icy world once deemed a planet, on Sunday.
The New Horizons spacecraft, on its way to Pluto, crossed the orbit of Neptune Monday.