(CNN) — NASA dazzled the world this week with pictures of the solar system’s most remote world: Pluto.
The New Horizons spacecraft captured the clearest images of the dwarf planet ever. Using those photos, NASA created a virtual “fly-by” of Pluto.
What emerged was a surprising picture of a celestial body that shattered previous assumptions. Far from being a boring, icy rock on the edges of the solar system, the pictures show a youthful, geologically diverse planet, possibly still developing.
Instead of a broadly pockmarked surface, we saw vast, smooth expanses, flowing into hundreds of miles of troughs, cliffs, and even a mountain rage rivaling the Rockies.
The New Horizons spacecraft is now more than a million miles on the other side of Pluto. NASA says its mission may be extended to explore another small world.