1.11 Pluto and friends
Imaged by New Horizons on 1 July 2013 – still two years away from reaching Pluto – this was the first view on the approach to Pluto and Charon.
New Horizons flew past Pluto and Charon in July 2015. Visit thisto see where New Horizons is now. You can search images there to see marvellous close-ups of Pluto, Charon and the smaller moons from the 2015 flyby, of the smaller and more distant Kuiper Belt object 2014MU69 in the 31 Dec 2018 flyby, and videos of exciting press conferences when the new data were discussed.
- Charon seen close up. David Rothery’s October 2015 article about Charon as revealed by New Horizons
- Rapid rotation of Pluto’s small moons. Rapid and inclined rotation of Pluto’s small moons discovered by New Horizons.
- Collisions in the Kuiper Belt. Ideas about how collisional mergers occurred to grow Kuiper Belt objects, including a nice image of the contact binary 2014MU69.