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Moons of our Solar System
Moons of our Solar System

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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.

An image of Charon (left) and Pluto ( right) imaged by New Horizons.
Figure 6 Charon (left) and Pluto ( right) imaged by New Horizons

New Horizons flew past Pluto and Charon in July 2015. Visit this NASA link [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] to 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.

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