While Pluto may not have full planet status anymore, it has captivated scientists for over a year, as a steady stream of new data has allowed scientists to piece together a more complete portrait.
Fifteen months after NASA’s New Horizons mission flew through the Pluto system, the final images and bits of data have finally finished transferring back to Earth, revealing previously unknown insights into the distant dwarf planet and its moons.
“This is what we came for – these images, spectra, and other data types that are going to help us understand the origin and the evolution of the Pluto system for the first time,” New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern said told Universe Today. “We’re seeing that Pluto is a scientific wonderland. The images have been just magical. It’s breathtaking.” READ MORE.