New Horizons: Pluto-Charon – 2


More wonderful images of the Pluto-Charon System, just in:

(Above) Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015 when the spacecraft was 768,000 kilometers from the surface. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto on July 14. This view is dominated by the large, bright feature informally named the “heart,” which measures approximately 1,600 kilometers across.  Image/caption credits: NASA/APL/SwRI.

Charon with Inset

(Above) This new image of an area on Pluto’s largest moon Charon has a captivating feature — a depression with a peak in the middle, shown here in the upper left corner of the inset. The image shows an area approximately 390 kilometers from top to bottom, including few visible craters. The image was taken at approximately 6:30 a.m. EDT on July 14, 2015, about 1.5 hours before closest approach to Pluto, from a range of 79,000 kilometers. Image/caption credits: NASA-JHUAPL-SwRI.


(Above) Remarkable new details of Pluto’s largest moon Charon are revealed in this image from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), taken late on July 13, 2015 from a distance of 466,000 kilometers. Image/caption Credit: NASA-JHUAPL-SwRI.

Pluto Mountain Range
Pluto Mountain Range
(Above) This close-up image of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise — a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 3,500 meters above the surface of the icy body. Image/caption credits: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI.

(c) Page Copyright Roger Powell 2015
(c) Images Courtesy NASA


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