The Edge of the Solar System

nh-apluto-wide-9-17-15-final_0Yesterday, NASA scientists released the most impressive image of Pluto to date. The image (also featured in the image above) was taken just fifteen minutes after the New Horizons spacecraft zipped past Pluto a few months back. It shows the planet’s jagged mountains and icy plains beneath a wispy atmosphere, which provides the entire scene with a, well, with an otherworldly glow. Meanwhile, you’ve not heard the last of New Horizons. The spacecraft will continue to send back data as it heads deeper into space. After a few corrective thruster burns here and there, the spacecraft will arrive at its next destination, a tiny frozen world named 2014 MU69, early in 2019. To learn more, check out the links here and here.