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!
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