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Why Aren’t We Staying at Pluto?

posted: 07/14/15
by: Discovery.com Staff

NASA's New Horizons mission didn't come cheap. Between 2001 and 2017, the agency will pump nearly $720 million into the historic journey to Pluto, leaving many to wonder why the spacecraft isn't taking up residence at the dwarf planet -- why expend so much time and money for a flyby?

As it turns out, the answer is quite simple, as NASA explains in this handy video:

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