The team behind NASA's New Horizons mission, which performed the first-ever Pluto flyby last month, has named some Charon craters after characters from the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" franchises, including Darth Vader and Capt.
Image showing the informal names being used by the New Horizons team for features on the icy Pluto plains known as Sputnik Planum. These monikers have not yet been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
Icy Mountains of Pluto New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains. New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains.
New Horizons Completes Record-Setting Kuiper Belt Targeting Maneuvers
"NASA began exploring the planets of our solar system by spacecraft decades ago, but no spacecraft has ever been to Pluto. The National Space Society (NSS) is celebrating the fast-approaching New Horizons spacecraft encounter with Pluto – coming on July