First science results come in from New Horizons
New Horizons has been sending back stunning images of Pluto and its system for a while now. As we’ve collectively feasted on them, they’ve given researchers a chance to study the ex-planet and its satellites in unprecedented detail. The first results of that work are now out, and while some of the conclusions are expected, there is plenty of new information and detail.
The paper containing those details, published in the journal Science, covers more than just Pluto itself—it also examines the curious geology of Charon, its largest moon, and an unexpected result from its two smaller moons, Hydra and Nix. It details the search for extra moons, or even rings, in the system. Spoiler alert: none was found.
We’ll take you through the results on all of these bodies, starting with the main show: Pluto itself.