New Horizons Gives Us A Close-Up Of Pluto
NASA has unveiled the first photos from the New Horizons flyby of Pluto and revealed some new facts about the dwarf planet and one of its moons.By Ben Lawson | July 15, 2015
After completing the first ever flyby of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft has sent back images containing the best look at the dwarf planet yet.
Probably the most interesting was a close-up of Pluto's surface. It revealed mountain ranges that were as high as 11,000 feet and, scientists believe, only around 100 million years old — which is pretty young compared to our 4.5 billion year-old solar system.
We also learned a lot more about Pluto's biggest moon, Charon. An image revealed a huge stretch of cliffs and troughs that extends for about 600 miles. Scientists also believe Charon to be relatively young due to the lack of craters.