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On This Day In Space! Jul 14, 2015: New Horizons Spacecraft Flies by Pluto

Welcome to “On This Day … in Space!” where we counterpart behind in a repository to find ancestral moments in spaceflight and astronomy. So suffer a blast from a past with Space.com’s Hanneke Weitering to demeanour behind during what happened on this day in space!

On Jul 14, 2015, a spacecraft flew by Pluto for a initial time! NASA’s New Horizons booster spent 9.5 years creation a 3-billion-mile tour to Pluto.

When it finally arrived, it took some extraordinary photos of a dwarf planet’s surface. Most notably, a photos suggested that Pluto has a huge heart-shaped plain, high plateau and icy volcanoes.

The goal also found that Pluto and a largest moon Charon are tidally locked, that means that Pluto’s heart is always confronting Charon, and a same side of Charon is always confronting Pluto. It also seems to be borrowing some atmosphere from Pluto, that appears a big red spot on Charon’s north pole.

Catch adult on our whole “On This Day In Space” array on YouTube with a playlist here.

Email Hanneke Weitering during hweitering@space.com or follow her @hannekescience. Follow us @SpacedotcomFacebook and Google+

Article source: https://www.space.com/39251-on-this-day-in-space.html

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