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These Are Now Our Best Views Yet of Pluto’s Surface

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High-resolution LORRI image of Pluto’s surface obtained on July 14, 2015 showing the border between the Al-Idrisi mountains and Sputnik Planum. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

I’ve mentioned before that better and better image data would be arriving on Earth from the New Horizons spacecraft, and these new pictures prove it!

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Several-mile-wide craters on the surface of Pluto north of Sputnik Planum. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Made of several images captured just minutes before New Horizons’ closest pass on July 14, 2015, a new mosaic released today shows the surface of Pluto in literally unprecedented detail, with a resolution of 250-280 feet (77-85 m) per pixel — that’s fine enough to reveal features about as wide across as half a city block (even smaller than a US football playing field!)

The data were acquired from a distance of about 10,000 miles (17,000 km) with New Horizon’s LORRI instrument over the course of about one minute (as the spacecraft was traveling around 30,000 mph!)

To learn more and see the full-sized image, click here, and watch a video putting the latest images into context below:

Source: NASA/New Horizons/JHUAPL/SwRI

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on December 4, 2015, in Pluto, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. WOW! I’m really fascinated with the video! Great stuff! You have a wonderful blog here! Awesome setup!

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  2. Wow.This stuff is mind blowing.I feel so lucky to see this.
    And the video is so realistic.

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  3. This tiny world at the fringe of our system has so many secrets to reveal. And a big heart to share too. 😘

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  4. Mind blowing. ..this is pretty cool…but I hav a question …can we dispose our waste to space? ?

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  5. Wow !! Awesome shot !! Really, for me Pluto is a planet. perhaps a dwarf planet but a planet !!
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)

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  6. Very interesting. I’m thinking what we will see in 50 years from now.

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