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Since New Horizons flew by Pluto on July 14, 2015, it’s completely redefined what we know about the dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon. New Horizons’ mission will continue to be full of surprises, but here’s what we’ve learned so far.

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Unless otherwise noted, all images and animations courtesy of NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

MORE NEW HORIZONS STUFF:
Calculate your Pluto time: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/plutotime/
New Horizons image gallery: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/images/index.html
Planetary Society New Horizons news: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/blog-archive.html?keywords=new-horizons
Nadia Drake’s excellent New Horizons coverage: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/search/pluto
Pluto and Charon are weird: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150715-pluto-flyby-photos-pictures-closeup-space/
What kind of ices are on Pluto? http://space.io9.com/the-ice-of-pluto-is-more-diverse-than-we-realized-1717986243
Pluto’s hazy atmosphere: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-new-horizons-team-finds-haze-flowing-ice-on-pluto
Geologic features of Pluto and Charon: http://space.io9.com/were-actively-creating-the-geekiest-world-in-the-univer-1721448557
What are tholins? Why Pluto looks red: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/2015/0722-what-in-the-worlds-are-tholins.html
Pluto’s other moons, Nix and Hydra: http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/new-horizons-captures-two-of-plutos-smaller-moons/
Pluto’s family portrait: http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/space-images/small-bodies/pluto-system-family-portrait.html
Dwarf planets of the solar system: http://www.space.com/18584-dwarf-planets-solar-system-infographic.html
Catalog of unusual “minor planet objects” in solar system: http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/lists/Unusual.html

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