Pluto is unexplored no more.
After a nine-year, 3-billion-mile journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zipped by Pluto to snap photos and scan the atmosphere. New Horizons is the first spacecraft to visit the distant dwarf planet, but it'll take some time to receive the data.
The mission may answer some questions about the creation of our solar system. Others are just questioning the heart-shaped figure on the surface. (Or is it dog shaped?) So far, we've learned that Pluto is a little larger than expected -- but it's still smaller than our moon.
Watch CNET Update to learn more about this historical moment in space exploration, along with thoughts from astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History:
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