Last week’s images from the Johns Hopkins APL-controlled New Horizons spacecraft revealed a romantic, heart-shaped formation on Pluto. Awww!

Not so fast, more recent images show: That heart-shaped field is actually a vast, icy plain that is “not easily explained,” according to New Horizons scientists. Can anyone else relate to that description?

This is a pretty good approximation of my current mood-- thanks, Pluto!
This is a pretty good approximation of my current mood– thanks, Pluto!

I kid, I kid — but I have to admit, there is something both beautiful and sad at the same time about these most recent images of the (dwarf) planet. And I’m not the only one who appreciates their stark beauty: “We’ve only scratched the surface of our Pluto exploration, but it already seems clear to me that in the initial reconnaissance of the solar system, the best was saved for last,” said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern.