It was one year ago today that NASA’s New Horizons probe made its historic encounter with Pluto.
Throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, a fleet of unmanned probe explored a variety of bodies in our solar system from Mercury to Neptune. But, the now ex-planet, Pluto, was not explored until New Horizons made its historic fly-by on July 14th, 2015.
The unmanned vehicle, launched from Florida in 2006, has since returned spectacular new images and tons of data on the previously mysterious dwarf planet and its several moons.
Its mission continues, as not only is it still sending back data from its Pluto encounter, but on track for a fly-by of a distant Kuiper Belt object on January 1st, 2019.