Naming Pluto: Christening Features on Brave New Worlds

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The brave new worlds of Charon and Pluto snap into focus as seen in the view of New Horizons’ LORRI camera. Image credit: NASA TV

‘Here be Dragons…’ read the inscriptions of old maps used by early seafaring explorers. Such maps were crude, and often wildly inaccurate.

The same could be said for our very understanding of distant planetary surfaces today. But this week, we’ll be filling in one of those ‘terra incognita’ labels, as New Horizons conducts humanity’s very first reconnaissance of Pluto and its moons.(…)
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