Pluto, the Last Planetary First

Dick writes about Earth and planetary science for Science magazine.

The next planetary first will be our last. After traveling for 10 years and crossing more than 5 billion kilometers, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will flash by Pluto in a matter of hours, and an age of exploration will be over. Does Pluto hold geological wonders like those the Voyager 2 probe found in 1989 on Neptune's youthful moon Triton, a close relation of Pluto's? Or will Pluto present an eons-old, crater-pocked face like the one that Voyagers 1 and 2 found on Jupiter's big moon Callisto? It all depends on how much heat has been generated and retained inside Pluto since it formed.

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