NASA has released more images of Pluto from the historic New Horizons probe flyby, offering us mere mortals the best look at the planet-turned-dwarf-planet we've ever gotten. The nine-year-old mission finally made it close enough to Pluto yesterday and transmitted back photos last night; peruse the gallery for a good look.
Note that up until now, Pluto's been naught but a sad pixelated speck on a screen:
— Kaya Burgess (@kayaburgess) July 14, 2015
And here's a too-cool timelapse of the flyby:
— Megan Hess (@mhess4) July 15, 2015
So far, the mission's taught us quite a bit about Pluto—the dwarf planet is bigger than scientists previously believed, for instance, and it's covered with ice mountains. Researchers also say they have not spotted any impact craters in the scans sent back by the probe thus far, which suggests Pluto is much younger than some of the other big hunks floating out there in the solar system.
Sadly, it does not appear all this newfound interest in Pluto will help it earn back its spot as a real planet. Never forget that the world was much better when you were in second grade.