Most inner moons in the solar system keep one face pointed toward their central planet; this animation shows that certainly isn't the case with the small moons of Pluto, which behave like spinning tops. Pluto is shown at center with, in order, from smaller to wider orbit: Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, Hydra.
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, designed, built, and operates the New Horizons spacecraft, and manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. The Southwest Research Institute, based in San Antonio, leads the science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
|Target||Pluto||Charon, Hydra, Kerberos, Nix, Styx|
|Target Type||Satellite||Dwarf Planet, KBO|
|Instrument Host||New Horizons|
|Host Type||Flyby Spacecraft|
|Extra Keywords||Color, Rotation|
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|Image Credit||NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute|