The International Astronomical Union’s vote in 2006 to demote Pluto to dwarf planet status merely created “the illusion of scientific consensus,” according to a recent paper.
NASA, JHUAPL, SwRI
SPITTING IMAGE Simulated collisions between two moonlets can lead to oddly shaped moons (bottom row) that closely resemble some of Saturn’s moons (top row; from left to right: Pan, Atlas and Prometheus).
Images: JPL-Caltech/NASA, Space Science Institute; Simulations: A. Leleu, M. Jutzi and M. Rubin/Nature Astronomy 2018
NEXT STOP China’s relay satellite will support a future mission to the farside of the moon, photographed here in 2014 by an earlier Chinese satellite called Chang’e-5T1.