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These New Maps of Pluto and Its Moon Charon Are the Most Detailed Yet

By meticulously stitching together photos taken from two cameras aboard the New Horizons spacecraft, a team of scientists has compiled the most accurate maps of Pluto and Charon to date. Read More >>

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Pluto’s Moon Charon Now Has a Crater Called Dorothy, Among Other Newly Named Features

Up until July 2015, Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, was just a pixel in terms of what we knew about it. That all changed when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zipped through the system, revealing craters, deep crevices, valleys, and mountains on the distant moon—surface features that now have formal names. Read More >>

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There’s Growing Evidence That Pluto’s Largest Moon Had a Massive Ocean

Pluto’s moon Charon is the best sidekick a dwarf planet could hope for: unwavering in its loyalty, content to be a minor character in somebody else’s narrative. But two years after the New Horizons flyby, the largest of Pluto’s five moons is finally getting some well-deserved time in the spotlight. New research suggests that Charon’s storied history includes tectonic activity, cryovolcanism, and perhaps, a globe-spanning ocean. Read More >>

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We Finally Know What This Big Red Splotch on Pluto’s Moon Is

Almost as soon as Pluto’s moon Charon came into view, we had a question: what’s that big red splotch on top of it? Now, we finally have an answer. Read More >>

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Frozen Oceans May Have Burst Through the Surface of Pluto’s Largest Moon

Scientists at NASA have uncovered evidence suggesting that Pluto’s moon Charon once featured a subterranean ocean—one that eventually burst through to the surface as it froze and turned to ice. What a crazy sight that must’ve been. Read More >>