This month NASA’s New Horizons space probe made history. After its long nine and a half year, three billion mile journey it finally reached Pluto and as it flew by, collected lots of interesting data. The images it has sent back have been particularly stunning as we finally get a good look at the distant dwarf planet, allowing us to learn a lot more about it!
For example, this photo from July 13 revealed a prominent feature on Pluto that looks like its nickname, the “heart.” The feature, informally called Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), measures about 1,000 miles across. If you’re a Sailor Moon fan, this sight was probably extra thrilling because it matches so well with Sailor Pluto’s Garnet Orb. Don’t you love it when science and pop culture geekdom meets?
So let’s take a trip to the Kuiper Belt with New Horizons and check out even more photos of Pluto!