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New Images by NASA’s New Horizons Probe Give a Detailed Look at Pluto and Its Moons

New Horizons Pluto Image Wide
The Cthulhu Regio and Sputnik Planum areas of Pluto.

New images taken by NASA‘s New Horizons probe during its historic July 14, 2015 flyby give a detailed look at Pluto and its moons with higher resolution and more detail than ever before.

New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern said of the images,

Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system. If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top — but that’s what is actually there.

New Horizons Pluto Image Sputnik Planum
The Sputnik Planum plain.

New Horizons image Charon
Pluto’s moon Charon.

New Horizons Pluto Images Haze Layers
The haze layers of Pluto as New Horizons after its flyby.

images via NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute


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