Pluto! Long time no see

New Horizons, an unmanned Nasa spacecraft, whizzed by Pluto on Tuesday, making its closest approach in the climax of a decade-long journey to explore the dwarf planet for the first time. (AFP, Nasa)

New Horizons, an unmanned Nasa spacecraft, whizzed by Pluto on Tuesday, making its closest approach in the climax of a decade-long journey to explore the dwarf planet for the first time. (AFP, Nasa)

More than nine years, nearly five billion kilometres and we finally saw it: Pluto. Named after the Greek god of the underworld by a 10-year-old school girl, Pluto has been the underdog of the solar system, with its planetary status a cause for debate. But following the flyby of Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft week, Pluto is back to being everyone’s favourite planet that’s not a planet, and – naturally – social media struggled to keep up with the new memes and images.

Here are some of our favourites.

From a blurry blob to mountains

And out tech just gets better and better

Sad Pluto

Humans: the creepy stalkers of the solar system

Walt Disney: a visionary

Is it a planet anyway?

So, if it’s not a planet, what is …. oh no … it couldn’t be … RUN!

 
Sarah Wild

Sarah Wild

Sarah Wild is a multiaward-winning science journalist. She studied physics, electronics and English literature at Rhodes University in an effort to make herself unemployable. It didn't work and she now writes about particle physics, cosmology and everything in between.In 2012, she published her first full-length non-fiction book Searching African Skies: The Square Kilometre Array and South Africa's Quest to Hear the Songs of the Stars, and in 2013 she was named the best science journalist in Africa by Siemens in their 2013 Pan-African Profiles Awards. Read more from Sarah Wild

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