History was made on July 14, 2015 when the New Horizons Spacecraft orbited Pluto for the very first time. The historic flyby now means that we’ve completed a survey of our solar system for the first time. We’ve now able to put to rest many of the lingering questions we’ve had about its existence since its discovery in 1930. We now know what Pluto looks like, how big it is, and potentially put to bed the hotly debated topic on whether or not Pluto is a planet.
So what does Pluto actually look like? Now we know.
— NASA (@NASA) July 14, 2015
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 15, 2015
Those on Twitter have taken to interpret the new photos in their own way. From spotting love hearts to finding Pluto in Pluto, there’s many different ways of looking at the dwarf planet.
I 💙 Pluto. pic.twitter.com/DMAUcuJNmP
— Sheena Duquette (@sheenaduquette) July 15, 2015
How Pluto felt today pic.twitter.com/QJYo1ukPs1
— Josh Constine (@JoshConstine) July 15, 2015
— ABC News (@abcnews) July 15, 2015
First high resolution photo of Pluto causes concern. pic.twitter.com/VncboSpTS4
— James Seymour-Lock (@JamesSLock) July 15, 2015
— sherlocked (@iatemuggles) July 15, 2015
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) July 15, 2015
Just how big is Pluto? According to NASA Mission Scientists Pluto is 1,473 miles (2,370 kilometers) in diameter, larger than prior estimates. “The size of Pluto has been debated since its discovery in 1930. We are excited to finally lay this question to rest,” said mission scientist Bill McKinnon.
— NASA New Horizons (@NASANewHorizons) July 14, 2015
Because Pluto has way less gravity, it has a way bigger atmosphere (it doesn’t hold the molecules as tight). pic.twitter.com/zLlZWjRHus
— Andrew Rader (@marsrader) July 15, 2015
The last time Pluto was in its current position was in 1768 and humans were totally unaware of its existence. New Horizons approach to the dwarf planet’s surface was a nine year trip in the making. So a big thank you to time for making this possible.
— Karen Bordador (@KaReNbOrDaDoR) July 15, 2015
That’s all for tonight but there will be more to share come 3pm ET/12pm PT tomorrow! For now, Pluto through the years pic.twitter.com/P7CXBD0UJM
— Mashable News (@MashableNews) July 15, 2015
Because now it’s official, Pluto is part of the family. Even though Pluto was determined to be a dwarf planet because of its size and location, it’s been added to the family portrait.
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 14, 2015
— BI Graphics (@BI_Graphics) July 14, 2015
2015, finally, today, #Pluto
— Çağrı TEMEL (@Cagritml) July 14, 2015