Pluto and its moons: Findings from the New Horizons mission

All about everyone's favorite dwarf planet.
By | Published: February 20, 2017 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto, and the data it collected was nothing short of amazing.

In the months since, NASA has released a flurry of information about the planet, and its diverse and complex surface: it’s icier and less rocky than scientists initially thought, and Pluto features canyons, polar caps, broad equatorial dark units, ice mountains, icy plains, craters, and an equatorial glacier.

New Horizons also explored and released data on Pluto’s five moons: Charon, Kerberos, Nix, Styx and Hydra.

In this free PDF download, you’ll find all you need to know about everyone’s favorite dwarf planet and its active, 4.5 billion-year life – including information on its most endearing characteristic, the heart-shaped Sputnik Planum. You’ll also learn about New Horizons’ current and future plans.

Downloading this free ebook is easy – just enter your email address below. Want to see Pluto, and its surfaces and regions in high resolution? Check out our Pluto Globe, the custom-produced, first of its kind globe that brings New Horizons data to life.

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