New information reached regarding Pluto’s largest moon

New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager exhibits latest images of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

New details of Pluto’s largest moon Charon are revealed in this image from New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), taken late on July 13, 2015 from a distance of 466,000 kilometres (289,000 miles) in a picture released by NASA in Laurel, Maryland on July 15, 2015.

A US spacecraft sailed past the tiny planet Pluto in the distant reaches of the solar system on Tuesday, capping a journey of 4.88 billion km that began nine and a half years ago.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft passed by the ice-and-rock planetoid and its entourage of five moons at 7:49am EDT (1149 GMT). The event culminated an initiative to survey the solar system that the space agency embarked upon more than 50 years ago.