On July 14, 2015, the spacecraft flew over Pluto for the first time! NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took 9.5 years to complete a 3 billion mile journey to Pluto.
When it finally arrived, it took an amazing photo of the dwarf planet’s surface. In particular, the photos show that Pluto has a huge heart-shaped plain, high mountains, and icy volcanoes. The famous “heart” of Pluto
seen by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft when it flew over the dwarf planet in 2015. The famous “heart” of Pluto
seen by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft when it flew over the planet dwarf in 2015. (Image Source: NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute) Mission
also found that Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, were tidal-locked, meaning the heart of Pluto always looks at Charon, and Charon, on the same side. Pluto always faces Pluto. It also appears to have borrowed some atmosphere from Pluto, which has a large red dot at the North Pole of Charon.
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