Even from three billion miles away, Pluto still knows how to be romantic.
On Jul. 13, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft sent us this love note of one of Pluto's most dominant features. The “heart,” estimated to be 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across at its widest point, rests just above the equator. (The angle of view displays mostly the northern hemisphere.) The heart’s diameter is about the same distance as from Denver to Chicago, in America’s heartland.
New Horizons traveled nearly a decade to receive its summer valentine, launching on Jan. 19, 2006 — and is still collecting important data for us. On New Year’s Day 2019, New Horizons flew by the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft: Ultima Thule.
Tag someone you want to pass this Pluto Valentine onto! ❤️ Credits: NASA/APL/SwRI
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