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The bright heart-shaped area on Pluto was named "Tombaugh Regio" in honor of the astronomer who discovered Pluto. Regio is the Latin word for region.

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StarChild Authors: The StarChild Team
StarChild Graphics & Music: Acknowledgments
StarChild Project Leader: Dr. Laura A. Whitlock
Curator: J.D. Myers
Responsible NASA Official: Amber Straughn