Image of (134340) Pluto

(134340) Pluto Data Archive

Menu icon

Pluto is a complex and mysterious world with mountains, valleys, plains, craters, and maybe glaciers. Discovered in 1930, Pluto was long considered our solar system's ninth planet. But after the discovery of similar intriguing worlds deeper in the distant Kuiper Belt, icy Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet. Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld. Pluto is orbited by five known moons, the largest of which is Charon. Charon is about half the size of Pluto itself, making it the largest satellite relative to the planet it orbits in our solar system. Pluto and Charon are often referred to as a "double planet." NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was the first spacecraft to explore Pluto up close, flying by the dwarf planet and ... ...Show More