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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-14 Pluto New Horizons
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After a 9.5-year voyage covering more than three billion miles, NASA's New Horizons flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, coming within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto itself.
PIA20742:
Imagine a Landing on Pluto Animation Icon
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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 2016-06-09 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 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 2016-06-01 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 2016-05-27 Pluto New Horizons
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This mosaic strip, extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.
PIA14458:
New Horizons' Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-27 Pluto New Horizons
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This frame from a movie, which extends across the hemisphere that faced New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.
PIA14457:
New Horizons' Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface (movie) Animation Icon
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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 2016-05-18 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 2016-05-18 Pluto New Horizons
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In April 2016, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile (145-kilometer) wide Kuiper Belt object (KBO) orbiting more than 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) from the sun.
PIA20589:
New Horizons Collects First Science on a Post-Pluto Object Animation Icon
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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 2016-05-02 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 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 2016-04-21 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 2016-04-11 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 2016-03-31 Pluto New Horizons
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The red outline in this global view of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons marks the large area of mysterious, bladed terrain extending from the eastern section of the large feature informally named Tombaugh Regio.
PIA20545:
'Blades' Across Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-31 Pluto New Horizons
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One of the strangest landforms spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft when it flew past Pluto last July was the 'bladed' terrain just east of Tombaugh Regio, the informal name given to Pluto's large heart-shaped surface feature.
PIA20544:
Pluto's Bladed Terrain in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-24 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this feature which appears to be a frozen, former lake of liquid nitrogen, located in a mountain range just north of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planum.
PIA20543:
Pluto: On Frozen Pond
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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 2016-03-17 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 2016-01-29 Pluto New Horizons
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After its close approach to Pluto in July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped this hauntingly beautiful image of the night side of Pluto's largest moon, Charon.
PIA20375:
Charon's Night Side
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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 2016-01-29 Pluto New Horizons
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This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is the first look at Pluto's atmosphere in infrared wavelengths. The blue ring around Pluto is caused by sunlight scattering from haze particles common in Pluto's atmosphere.
PIA20373:
Pluto's Blue Atmosphere in the Infrared
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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 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 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 2015-12-31 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 2015-12-31 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 2015-12-31 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 2015-12-18 Pluto New Horizons
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This recently received panchromatic image of Pluto's small satellite Nix taken by NASA's New Horizons is one of the best images of Pluto's third-largest moon.
PIA20287:
Pluto's Moon Nix, Half Illuminated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-16 Pluto New Horizons
LEISA
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This is a portion of a high-resolution swath of Pluto sweeping over the cratered plains west of NASA's New Horizons' encounter hemisphere and across numerous prominent faults, skimming the eastern margin of the dark, forbidding region of Cthulhu Regio.
PIA20286:
Zigzagging Across Pluto
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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 2015-12-10 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 2015-12-05 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 2015-12-05 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 2015-12-05 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 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 2015-11-10 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons scientists believe that the informally named feature Wright Mons, located south of Sputnik Planum on Pluto, and another, Piccard Mons, could have been formed by the 'cryovolcanic' eruption of ices from beneath Pluto's surface.
PIA20155:
Ice Volcanoes on Pluto?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-10 Pluto New Horizons
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Locations of more than 1,000 craters mapped on Pluto by NASA's New Horizons mission indicate a wide range of surface ages, which likely means that Pluto has been geologically active throughout its history.
PIA20154:
Craters of All Ages and Sizes
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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 2015-11-10 Pluto New Horizons
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Most inner moons in the solar system keep one face pointed toward their central planet; this frame from an animation by NASA's New Horizons shows that certainly isn't the case with the small moons of Pluto, which behave like spinning tops.
PIA20152:
Spinning Moons
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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 2015-11-10 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 2015-10-29 Pluto New Horizons
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This image was made just 15 minutes after NASA's New Horizons spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, as the spacecraft looked back at Pluto toward the sun.
PIA20038:
A Full View of Pluto's Stunning Crescent
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-29 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is returning images, such as this one of Pluto's 'Broken Heart,' to improve maps of other regions.
PIA20037:
Mapping Pluto's 'Broken Heart'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-29 Charon New Horizons
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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 2015-10-23 Pluto New Horizons
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This image of Kerberos was created by combining four individual LORRI pictures taken on July 14, 2015, approximately seven hours before New Horizons' closest approach to Pluto, at a range of 245,600 miles (396,100 km) from Kerberos.
PIA20034:
Kerberos Revealed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-23 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This composite image shows a sliver of Pluto's large moon, Charon, and all four of Pluto's small moons, as resolved by LORRI on the New Horizons spacecraft. All the moons are displayed with a common intensity stretch and spatial scale (see scale bar).
PIA20033:
Family Portrait of Pluto's Moons
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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 2015-10-16 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 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 2015-10-08 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 2015-10-08 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 2015-10-01 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 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 2015-10-01 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 2015-10-01 Charon New Horizons
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Images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft were used to create a flyover video of Pluto's largest moon, Charon. The 'flight' starts with the informally named Mordor (dark) region near Charon's north pole.
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Flying over Charon Animation Icon
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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.
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'Snakeskin' Terrain
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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.
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Pluto in Extended Color
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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.
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From Pluto's Mountains to Its 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.
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Ice Mountains and Plains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-24 Pluto New Horizons
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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.
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Mapping Pluto's Methane Ice
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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.
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The Rich Color Variations of Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-21 Pluto New Horizons
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Images downloaded from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft (through Sept. 11, 2015) were stitched together and rendered on a sphere to make this flyover 'movie.' This is a frame from the animation.
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Flyover Sputnik Planum Animation Icon
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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.
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Pluto's Majestic Mountains, Frozen Plains and Foggy Hazes
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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.
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Closer Look: Majestic Mountains and Frozen Plains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-17 Pluto New Horizons
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In this small section of the larger crescent image of Pluto, taken by NASA's New Horizons just 15 minutes after the spacecraft's closest approach on July 14, 2015, the setting sun illuminates a fog or near-surface haze.
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Near-Surface Haze or Fog on Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-17 Pluto New Horizons
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Sputnik Planum is the informal name of the smooth, light-bulb shaped region on the left of this composite of several of NASA's New Horizons images of Pluto.
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Sputnik Planum in Detail
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-17 Pluto New Horizons
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Ice (probably frozen nitrogen) that appears to have accumulated on the uplands on the right side of this image from NASA' New Horizons, is draining from Pluto's mountains onto the informally named Sputnik Planum.
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Valley Glaciers on Pluto
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This image from NASA's New Horizons is re-projected from the oblique, backlit view shown in the new crescent image of Pluto.
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Intricate Valley Glaciers on Pluto
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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.
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Looking over Pluto
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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.
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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.
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Surface Variety
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Pluto New Horizons
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In the center of this 300-mile (470-kilometer) wide image of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is a large region of jumbled, broken terrain on the northwestern edge of the vast, icy plain informally called Sputnik Planum, to the right.
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Chaos Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Pluto New Horizons
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This image from NASA's New Horizons includes dark, ancient heavily cratered terrain, bright, smooth geologically young terrain, assembled masses of mountains, and an enigmatic field of dark, aligned ridges that resemble dunes.
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Dark Areas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Charon New Horizons
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This image of Pluto's largest moon Charon, taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft 10 hours before its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015 from a distance of 290,000 miles (470,000 kilometers).
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Charon's Complexity
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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.
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Pluto in Twilight
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Two different versions of an image of Pluto's haze layers, taken by NASA's New Horizons as it looked back at Pluto's dark side nearly 16 hours after close approach, from a distance of 480,000 miles (770,000 kilometers).
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Pluto's Haze
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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.
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Flying Past Pluto (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-12 Pluto New Horizons
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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.
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Pluto's Colorful Composition
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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.
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Global Map of 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).
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Informal Names for Features on Pluto's Sputnik Planum
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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).
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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 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).
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Informal Names for Features on Pluto
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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.
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Global Map 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.)
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Pluto in True Color
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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 2015-07-21 Pluto New Horizons
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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).
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'Capturing' Nix and Hydra
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-21 Pluto New Horizons
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A newly discovered mountain range lies near the southwestern margin of Pluto's heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), situated between bright, icy plains and dark, heavily-cratered terrain as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
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A Mountain Range within Pluto's 'Heart'
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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.
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Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto's 'Heart'
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Artist's concept of the interaction of the solar wind (the supersonic outflow of electrically charged particles from the Sun) with Pluto's predominantly nitrogen atmosphere based on NASA's New Horizons' SWAP instrument.
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Artist's Concept of the Interaction of the Solar Wind
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