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Dec 15

New Horizons returns the best images of Pluto ever

Source: NASA-New Horizons

Pluto-MountainousShorlinePluto-The Mountainous Shoreline of Sputnik Planum
Image credits:NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied
Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first few of a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby – and this image sequence forms the best close-ups of Pluto that humans may see for decades.

Every week the piano-sized New Horizons spacecraft transmits data stored on its digital recorders from its flight through the Pluto system on July 14. These latest pictures are part of a sequence taken near New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto, with resolutions of about 250-280 feet (77-85 meters) per pixel – revealing features less than half the size of a city block on the diverse surface of the distant planet. In these new images, New Horizons captured a wide variety of spectacular, cratered, mountainous and glacial terrains. (learn more)

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