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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-27 Pluto New Horizons
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The science team of NASA's New Horizons mission has produced an updated global map of the dwarf planet Pluto. The map includes all resolved images of the surface acquired between July 7-14, 2015.
PIA19858:
Global Map of Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-24 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015. Pluto's surface sports a remarkable range of subtle colors, enhanced in this view to a rainbow of pale blues, yellows, oranges, and deep reds.
PIA19952:
The Rich Color Variations of Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-05 Pluto New Horizons
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This highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals new details of Pluto's rugged, icy cratered plains.
PIA20200:
Layered Craters and Icy Plains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-05 Pluto New Horizons
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This highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows how erosion and faulting has sculpted this portion of Pluto's icy crust into rugged badlands.
PIA20199:
Pluto's Badlands
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-11 Pluto New Horizons
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This geological map from NASA's New Horizons covers a portion of Pluto's surface and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain.
PIA20466:
Putting Pluto's Geology on the Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-24 Pluto New Horizons
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This cylindrical projection map of Pluto, in enhanced, extended color, is the most detailed color map of Pluto ever made by NASA's New Horizons. The map can be zoomed in to reveal exquisite detail with high scientific value.
PIA19956:
Pluto in Extended Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-11 Pluto New Horizons
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This geological map from NASA's New Horizons covers a portion of Pluto's surface and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain.
PIA20465:
Putting Pluto's Geology on the Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Charon New Horizons
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The science team of NASA's New Horizons mission has produced this global map of Pluto's largest moon, Charon. The map includes all available resolved images of the surface acquired between July 7-14, 2015 on the anti-Pluto facing hemisphere.
PIA19866:
Global Map of Pluto's Moon Charon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-16 Pluto New Horizons
LEISA
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft detected water ice on Pluto's surface, picking up on the ice's near-infrared spectral characteristics in regions informally called Viking Terra, along Virgil Fossa west of Elliot crater, and in Baré Montes.
PIA20030:
Water Ice on Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-02 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle, that is, with the sun on the other side of Pluto.
PIA20727:
Secrets Revealed from Pluto's 'Twilight Zone'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-09 Pluto New Horizons
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This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto's great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula.
PIA20732:
The Jagged Shores of Pluto's Highlands
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-01 Charon New Horizons
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A composite of enhanced color images of Pluto (lower right) and Charon (upper left), taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft as it passed through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015. This image highlights the striking differences between Pluto and Charon.
PIA19966:
Charon and Pluto: Strikingly Different Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-21 Pluto New Horizons
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Within Pluto's informally named Vega Terra region is a field of eye-catching craters that looks like a cluster of bright halos scattered across a dark landscape as seen by NASA's New Horizons.
PIA20656:
Pluto's 'Halo' Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-09 Pluto New Horizons
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This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto's great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula.
PIA20733:
The Jagged Shores of Pluto's Highlands
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-01 Pluto New Horizons
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Like a cosmic lava lamp, a large section of Pluto's icy surface is being constantly renewed by a process called convection that replaces older surface ices with fresher material as evidenced by NASA's New Horizons.
PIA20726:
Pluto's Heart: Like a Cosmic 'Lava Lamp'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-04 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took this image of Pluto's vast nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum.
PIA20464:
Pluto's Mysterious, Floating Hills
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-27 Pluto New Horizons
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This ethereal scene captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto's diversity of geological and compositional features-this time in an enhanced color image of the north polar area.
PIA20473:
The Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-04 Pluto Hubble Space Telescope
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This is the most detailed view to date of the entire surface of the dwarf planet Pluto, as constructed from multiple NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken from 2002 to 2003.
PIA18179:
Hubble Maps of Pluto Show Surface Changes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-18 Charon New Horizons
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Images from NASA's New Horizons mission suggest that Pluto's largest moon, Charon, once had a subsurface ocean that has long since frozen and expanded, pushing out on the moon's surface.
PIA20467:
Pluto's 'Hulk-like' Moon Charon: A Possible Ancient Ocean?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-01 Charon New Horizons
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Charon's cratered uplands at the top are broken by series of canyons, and replaced on the bottom by the rolling plains of the informally named Vulcan Planum in this image from NASA's New Horizons.
PIA19967:
Charon in Detail
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-29 Pluto New Horizons
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This image contains the initial, informal names being used by NASA's New Horizons team for the features and regions on the surface of Pluto. These names have not yet been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
PIA19863:
Informal Names for Features on Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-29 Pluto New Horizons
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This image contains the initial, informal names being used by NASA's New Horizons team for the features and regions on the surface of Pluto's largest moon, Charon. These names have not yet been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
PIA19864:
Informal Names for Features on Pluto's Moon Charon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-29 Pluto New Horizons
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This image contains the initial, informal names being used by the New Horizons team for the features on Pluto's Sputnik Planum (plain). These names have not yet been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
PIA19865:
Informal Names for Features on Pluto's Sputnik Planum
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-20 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons scientists have spotted an expanse of terrain they describe as 'fretted' (bright plains divided into polygon-shaped blocks by a network of dark, connected valleys) in Pluto's informally named Venera Terra region.
PIA15546:
Pluto's 'Fretted' Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-14 Pluto New Horizons
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Scientists with NASA's New Horizons mission have assembled the highest-resolution color view of one of two potential cryovolcanoes spotted on the surface of the distant planet by the passing New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015.
PIA20361:
Wright's Stuff
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Pluto New Horizons
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On July 14, 2015, the telescopic camera on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took the highest resolution images ever obtained of the intricate pattern of 'pits' across a section of Pluto's prominent heart-shaped region, informally named Tombaugh Regio.
PIA20212:
Zooming in on Pluto's Pattern of Pits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-10 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons data indicates that at least two (and possibly all four) of Pluto's small moons may be the result of mergers between still smaller moons.
PIA20153:
Merged Bodies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-03 Pluto New Horizons
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This image was created by NASA New Horizons to reveal color surface features of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. It was taken between June 23 and June 29, 2015.
PIA19696:
Pluto and Charon Surfaces in Living Color (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-08 Pluto New Horizons
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In the early morning hours of July 8, 2015, mission scientists received this new view of Pluto -- the most detailed yet returned by New Horizons. The image was taken on July 7, when the NASA spacecraft was just under 5 million miles (8 million kilometers)
PIA19702:
A Heart on Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-01 Charon New Horizons
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Charon's color palette is not as diverse as Pluto's; most striking is the reddish north (top) polar region, informally named Mordor Macula, as seen by NASA's New Horizons.
PIA19968:
Charon in Enhanced Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-29 Pluto New Horizons
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This false-color image, derived from observations in infrared light by the LEISA instrument, shows where the spectral features of water ice are abundant on Pluto's surface based on two scans obtained by NASA's New Horizons on July 14, 2015.
PIA20374:
Pluto's Widespread Water Ice
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-24 Pluto New Horizons
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Images of Pluto taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft before closest approach on July 14, 2015, reveal small features, from craters to faulted mountain blocks, to the textured surface of the vast basin informally called Sputnik Planum.
PIA19955:
From Pluto's Mountains to Its Plains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-24 Pluto New Horizons
LEISA
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft mapped compositions across Pluto's surface as it flew past the planet on July 14, 2015.
PIA19953:
Mapping Pluto's Methane Ice
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-10 Pluto New Horizons
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This image from NASA's New Horizons forms a strip trending from the edge of 'badlands' northwest of Sputnik Planum, across the al-Idrisi mountains, onto the shoreline of Pluto's 'heart' feature, and just into its icy plains.
PIA20213:
Pluto's Close-up, Now in Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-05 Pluto New Horizons
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This mosaic is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.
PIA20201:
New Horizons' Very Best View of Pluto (Mosiac)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-29 Charon New Horizons
LEISA
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NASA's New Horizons scientists have discovered a striking contrast between one of the fresh craters on Pluto's largest moon Charon and a neighboring crater. The crater, informally named Organa, caught scientists' attention.
PIA20036:
The Youngest Crater on Charon?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Pluto New Horizons
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Mosaic of high-resolution images of Pluto, transmitted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft from Sept. 5 to 7, 2015. The image is dominated by the informally-named icy plain Sputnik Planum, the smooth, bright region across the center.
PIA19935:
Surface Variety
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Pluto New Horizons
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Mosaic of high-resolution images of Pluto, transmitted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft from Sept. 5 to 7, 2015. The image is dominated by the informally-named icy plain Sputnik Planum, the smooth, bright region across the center.
PIA19936:
Surface Variety
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-08 Pluto New Horizons
LEISA
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Regions with exposed water ice are highlighted in blue in this composite image from NASA's New Horizons. The strongest signatures of water ice occur along Virgil Fossa, just west of Elliot crater (at left), and also in Viking Terra near the top.
PIA19963:
Water Ice on Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Pluto New Horizons
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These circular maps shows the distribution of Pluto's dark and bright terrains as revealed by NASA's New Horizons mission prior to July 4, 2015. In these maps, the polar bright terrain is surrounded by a somewhat darker polar fringe.
PIA19706:
Dark and Bright Terrains of Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-17 Pluto New Horizons
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This image of haze layers above Pluto's limb was taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. About 20 haze layers are seen.
PIA20536:
Pluto's Haze
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-06 Hydra New Horizons
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The surface of Hydra, Pluto's outermost small moon, is dominated by nearly pristine water ice confirming hints that scientists picked up in NASA's New Horizons images showing Hydra's highly reflective surface.
PIA20581:
Icy Hydra
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-10 Pluto New Horizons
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Scientists on NASA's New Horizons mission have discovered what looks like a giant bite-mark on the planet's surface. The southern portion of the left inset above shows the cratered plateau uplands informally named Vega Terra.
PIA20531:
What's Eating at Pluto?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-05 Pluto New Horizons
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In this highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, great blocks of Pluto's water-ice crust appear jammed together in the informally named al-Idrisi mountains.
PIA20198:
The Mountainous Shoreline of Sputnik Planum
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-06 Pluto New Horizons
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This color version of NASA's New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) picture of Pluto taken July 3, 2015, was created by adding color data from the Ralph instrument gathered earlier in the mission.
PIA19699:
A Pluto Color Combo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Pluto New Horizons
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This image of Pluto was taken by NASA's New Horizons' spacecraft at 4:18 UT on July 9, 2015, from a range of 3.9 million miles (6.3 million kilometers) reveals new details on the surface of Pluto.
PIA19705:
New Details on Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-02 Pluto New Horizons
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This shaded relief view from NASA's New Horizons of the region surrounding the left side of Pluto's heart-shaped feature, informally named Sputnik Planum, shows that the vast expanse of its icy surface.
PIA20657:
Elevation Map of Pluto's Sunken 'Heart'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-03 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this image of a chain of snow-capped mountains stretching across the dark expanse on Pluto informally named Cthulhu Regio.
PIA20477:
Methane Snow on Pluto's Peaks
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Charon New Horizons
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This pair of approximately true color images of Pluto and its big moon Charon, taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, highlight the dramatically different appearance of different sides of the dwarf planet, and reveal never-before-seen details.
PIA19693:
Two Faces of Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-03 Pluto New Horizons
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What color is Pluto? The answer, revealed in the first maps made from NASA's New Horizons data, turns out to be shades of reddish brown.
PIA19697:
The 'Other' Red Planet (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-16 Charon New Horizons
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This image, taken by NASA's New Horizons, is of an area on Pluto's largest moon Charon featuring a captivating feature-a depression with a peak in the middle, shown here in the upper left corner of the inset.
PIA19713:
Close-Up of Charon’s ‘Mountain in a Moat’
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 Pluto New Horizons
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Peering closely at the 'heart of Pluto,' in the western half of what mission scientists have informally named Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), NASA's New Horizons' Ralph instrument revealed evidence of carbon monoxide ice.
PIA19718:
Peering Closely at the 'Heart of Pluto'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-25 Pluto New Horizons
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Four images from NASA's New Horizons were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this global view of Pluto. (The lower right edge of Pluto in this view currently lacks high-resolution color coverage.)
PIA19857:
Pluto in True Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-12 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the spacecraft's Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view of Pluto.
PIA09113:
Pluto's Colorful Composition
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-31 Pluto New Horizons
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Pluto shows two remarkably different sides in these color images of the planet and its largest moon, Charon, taken by NASA's New Horizons on June 25 and June 27, 2015.
PIA20292:
Two Faces of Pluto July 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-28 Pluto New Horizons
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This frame from an animation is a dramatic view of the Pluto system is as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft saw it in July 2015.
PIA19873:
Flying Past Pluto (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-17 Pluto New Horizons
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This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons is of Pluto's surface diversity At lower right, ancient, heavily cratered terrain is coated with dark, reddish tholins. At upper right, volatile ices fill the informally named Sputnik Planum.
PIA20534:
Surface Diversity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-23 Pluto New Horizons
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Global stereo mapping of Pluto's surface is now possible, as images taken from multiple directions are downlinked from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. You will need 3D glasses to view this image showing an ancient, heavily cratered region of Pluto.
PIA20032:
Pluto in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Pluto New Horizons
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This image of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, processed in two different ways, shows how Pluto's bright, high-altitude atmospheric haze produces a twilight that softly illuminates the surface before sunrise and after sunset.
PIA19931:
Pluto in Twilight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-10 Pluto New Horizons
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Scientists using NASA's New Horizons images of Pluto's surface to make 3-D topographic maps have discovered that two of Pluto's mountains, informally named Wright Mons and Piccard Mons, could possibly be ice volcanoes.
PIA20050:
Ice Volcanoes and Topography
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-03-28 Pluto Hubble Space Telescope
Faint Object Camera
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The never-before-seen surface of the distant planet Pluto is resolved in these NASA Hubble Space Telescope pictures, taken with the European Space Agency's Faint Object Camera (FOC) aboard Hubble.
PIA00825:
The Surface of Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-17 Pluto New Horizons
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Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured this near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto's horizon.
PIA19948:
Pluto's Majestic Mountains, Frozen Plains and Foggy Hazes
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-03-28 Pluto Hubble Space Telescope
Faint Object Camera
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This image-based surface map of Pluto was assembled by computer image processing software from four separate images of Pluto's disk taken with the European Space Agency's Faint Object Camera aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA00826:
Map of Pluto's Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-21 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured these images of Pluto's moon Nix which shows a reddish spot that has attracted the interest of the mission scientists (left), and the small, irregularly shaped moon Hydra (right).
PIA19847:
'Capturing' Nix and Hydra
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-24 Pluto New Horizons
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In this extended color image of Pluto taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, rounded and bizarrely textured mountains, informally named the Tartarus Dorsa.
PIA19957:
'Snakeskin' Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-14 Pluto New Horizons
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This approximate true-color image from NASA's New Horizons shows hydrocarbons accumulating into small particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, and scatter sunlight to make the bright blue haze seen in this image.
PIA20362:
Pluto's Haze in Bands of Blue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Charon New Horizons
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This series of images taken by NASA's New Horizons' Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) shows how Pluto (left) and Charon (right) change in brightness as they rotate over 6.4 Earth days.
PIA19692:
True Color of Pluto and Charon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Pluto New Horizons
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This synthetic perspective view of Pluto, based on the latest high-resolution images to be downlinked from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, shows what you would see if you were above Pluto's equatorial area, looking over Cthulhu Regio.
PIA19937:
Looking over Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-28 Pluto New Horizons
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This image shows the results of the New Horizons team's first search for potentially hazardous material around Pluto, conducted May 11-12, 2015, from a range of 47 million miles (76 million kilometers).
PIA17806:
So Far, All Clear: New Horizons Team Completes First Search for Pluto System Hazards
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-23 Pluto New Horizons
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This image from NASA's New Horizons highlights the contrasting appearance of the two worlds: Charon is mostly gray, with a dark reddish polar cap, while Pluto shows a wide variety of subtle color variations.
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A Binary Planet in Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-31 Pluto New Horizons
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This illustration shows some of the final images used to determine that the coast was clear for NASA's New Horizons' flight through the Pluto system.
PIA20293:
Deep Field Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-06 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained these three images of Pluto between July 1-3 ,2015, as the spacecraft closed in on its July 14 encounter with the dwarf planet and its moons.
PIA19698:
Three Views of Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-17 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons views the informally named Sputnik Planum on Pluto (top) and the informally named Vulcan Planum on Charon (bottom).
PIA20535:
Mountains, Craters and Plains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-24 Pluto New Horizons
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High-resolution images of Pluto taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft just before closest approach on July 14, 2015, are the sharpest images to date of Pluto's varied terrain-revealing details down to scales of 270 meters.
PIA19954:
Ice Mountains and Plains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Pluto New Horizons
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This illustration shows some of the final images used to determine that the coast is clear for NASA's New Horizons' flight through the Pluto system.
PIA19695:
All Clear for New Horizons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-10 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons cameras have spied swarms of mysterious 'pits' across the informally named Sputnik Planum. Scientists believe the pits may form through a combination of sublimation and ice fracturing.
PIA20151:
Pluto's Pits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-14 Pluto New Horizons
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Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto on July 14.
PIA19708:
Pluto's Big Heart in Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-31 Pluto New Horizons
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Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from NASA's New Horizons, taken on July 13, 2015. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto on July 14.
PIA20291:
Color Image of Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Pluto New Horizons
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This near-true color, barycentric, movie from NASA's New Horizons mission show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, and the complex orbital dance of the two bodies, known as a double planet.
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Pluto and Charon in Color: Barycentric View (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Pluto New Horizons
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This near-true color, 'Pluto-centric' movie from NASA's New Horizons mission show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, and the complex orbital dance of the two bodies, known as a double planet.
PIA19689:
Pluto and Charon in Color: Pluto-Centric View (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-11 Pluto New Horizons
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An unusual geological feature resembling a giant spider sprawls across Pluto's icy landscape in this enhanced color image was obtained by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015.
PIA20641:
The Icy 'Spider' on Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-18 Pluto New Horizons
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This illustration shows how NASA's New Horizons' Alice ultraviolet spectrometer instrument 'watched' as two bright ultraviolet stars passed behind Pluto and its atmosphere.
PIA20590:
First Stellar Occultations Shed Additional Light on Pluto's Atmosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-02 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons mission science team has produced this updated panchromatic (black-and-white) global map of Pluto. The map includes all resolved images of Pluto's surface acquired between July 7-14, 2015.
PIA20658:
Pluto: A Global Perspective
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 Pluto New Horizons
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This annotated view from NASA's New Horizons of a portion of Pluto's Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain), named for Earth's first artificial satellite, shows an array of enigmatic features.
PIA19714:
Portion of Pluto's Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 Pluto New Horizons
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This figure shows the locations of the sunset and sunrise solar occultations observed by the Alice instrument on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
PIA19715:
Pluto Solar Occultations
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 Pluto New Horizons
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This figure shows how the Alice instrument onboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft count rate changed over time during the sunset and sunrise observations.
PIA19716:
Alice Solar Occultation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 Pluto New Horizons
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These two images of Pluto and Charon were collected separately by NASA's New Horizons during approach on July 13 and July 14, 2015. The relative reflectivity, size, separation, and orientations, and colors are approximated in this composite image.
PIA19717:
Portrait of Pluto and Charon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 Pluto New Horizons
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At center left of Pluto's vast heart-shaped feature ('Tombaugh Regio') lies a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
PIA19841:
Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto's 'Heart'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-08 Pluto New Horizons
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Pluto's haze layer shows its blue color in this picture taken by NASA's New Horizons. The high-altitude haze is thought to be similar in nature to that seen at Saturn's moon Titan.
PIA19964:
Pluto's Blue Sky
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-05 Pluto New Horizons
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This frame from a movie is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.
PIA20202:
New Horizons' Very Best View of Pluto (movie)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-17 Pluto New Horizons
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Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured a near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto's horizon.
PIA19947:
Closer Look: Majestic Mountains and Frozen Plains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-15 Pluto New Horizons
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This high-resolution image captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows the bright expanse of Pluto's western lobe of the 'heart,' informally called Sputnik Planum.
PIA20007:
Sputnik Planum, in Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-09 Pluto New Horizons
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This artist's concept shows NASA's fleet of observatories busily gathering data before and after July 14, 2015 to help piece together what we know about Pluto, and what features New Horizons data might help explain.
PIA19703:
NASA Missions Have Their Eyes Peeled on Pluto (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-08 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft continues to transmit the sharpest views of Pluto that it obtained (and recorded) during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.
PIA20336:
Pluto's Icy Plains Captured in Highest-Resolution Views from New Horizons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-15 Charon New Horizons
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A swath of cliffs and troughs stretches about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) on Pluto's largest moon Charon are revealed in this image from NASA'as New Horizon's spacecraft, taken late on July 13, 2015.
PIA19709:
Charon's Surprising Youthful and Varied Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-02 Pluto New Horizons
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A white arrow marks Pluto in this NASA New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager picture taken Sept. 21, 2006. Pluto is little more than a faint point of light among a dense field of stars.
PIA09232:
New Horizons Sees Pluto (Sept. 21)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-02 Pluto New Horizons
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A white arrow marks Pluto in this NASA New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager picture taken Sept. 24, 2006. Pluto is little more than a faint point of light among a dense field of stars.
PIA09233:
New Horizons Sees Pluto (Sept. 24)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-08 Pluto 900x900x3
This artist's concept of the frosty surface of Pluto with Charon and our sun as backdrops illustrates that while sunlight is much weaker than it is here on Earth, it isn't as dark as you might expect.
PIA19682:
Pluto at High Noon (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-02 Pluto New Horizons
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The Long Range Reconnaissance Imager on NASA New Horizons acquired images of the Pluto field three days apart in late September 2006, in order to see Pluto's motion against a dense background of stars.
PIA09234:
New Horizons Sees Pluto Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 Pluto New Horizons
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This image of Pluto is part of series of New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) photos taken May 8-12, 2015; the image at left shows LORRI's view of Pluto just one month earlier.
PIA17803:
More Detail as New Horizons Draws Closer
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