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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 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 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 2015-07-17 Pluto New Horizons
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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.
PIA19719:
Artist's Concept of the Interaction of the Solar Wind
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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 2009-04-21 Pluto Hubble Space Telescope
Advanced Camera for Surveys
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A pair of small moons photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope discovered orbiting Pluto in 2005 now have official names: Nix and Hydra.
PIA12453:
Pluto and its Moons: Charon, Nix, and Hydra
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 Pluto New Horizons
Alice Ultraviolet Spectrometer (Alice UVS)
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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
Alice Ultraviolet Spectrometer (Alice UVS)
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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 1998-03-28 Pluto Hubble Space Telescope
Faint Object Camera
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This is the clearest view yet of the distant planet Pluto and its moon, Charon, as revealed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The image was taken by the European Space Agency's Faint Object Camera on February 21, 1994.
PIA00827:
Hubble Portrait of the "Double Planet" Pluto & Charon
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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 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 2010-02-04 Pluto Hubble Space Telescope
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 2015-07-16 Pluto Cassini-Huygens
ISS - Narrow Angle
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As one NASA spacecraft sailed past the distant ice world of Pluto, collecting never-before-seen vistas and invaluable science data, NASA' Cassini spacecraft turned its gaze in that direction from its outpost at Saturn.
PIA19641:
Pluto Seen from Saturn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-15 Pluto New Horizons
LEISA
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The latest spectra from NASA's New Horizons Ralph instrument reveal an abundance of methane ice, but with striking differences from place to place across the frozen surface of Pluto.
PIA19712:
Pluto: The Ice Plot Thickens
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-01-29 Pluto New Horizons
LEISA
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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 2016-01-29 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 2016-03-10 Pluto New Horizons
LEISA
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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 2015-09-24 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 2015-10-29 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 2015-12-16 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 2015-10-08 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 2015-10-16 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 2007-04-02 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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
LORRI
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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 2008-01-24 Pluto New Horizons
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This image demonstrates the first detection of Pluto using the high-resolution mode on the NASA New Horizons Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager. The mode provides a clear separation between Pluto and numerous nearby background stars.
PIA10234:
Pluto in Hi-Def
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-04 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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Pluto and Charon, the largest of Pluto's five known moons, seen Jan. 25 and 27, 2015, through the telescopic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
PIA09265:
A Long-Distance Look from LORRI
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-27 Pluto New Horizons
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NASA's New Horizons team calibrates the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) by taking pictures of the open star cluster M7.
PIA07141:
Star Treatment
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-08-07 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This animation of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft as it raced toward Pluto in July 2014.
PIA11217:
A Moon over Pluto (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-12 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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The images detecting Kerberos and Styx shown here were taken with NASA's New Horizons' most sensitive camera, the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), from April 25-May 1, 2015.
PIA11774:
That Makes Five
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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.
PIA17804:
More Detail as New Horizons Draws Closer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-27 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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.
PIA17805:
More Detail as New Horizons Draws Closer
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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 2015-06-11 Pluto New Horizons
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This frame from a movie, composed of images taken by NASA's New Horizons, shows Pluto as it rotates about its axis. The images were taken May 28-June 3, 2015, from distances ranging from approximately 56 million kilometers to 48.5 million kilometers.
PIA17807:
Faces of Pluto (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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These images, taken by New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), show four different 'faces' of Pluto as it rotates about its axis with a period of 6.4 days.
PIA19686:
Faces of Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-22 Charon New Horizons
LORRI
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These recent images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show the discovery of significant surface details on Pluto's largest moon, Charon.
PIA19690:
A Dark Mystery on Charon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-22 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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These images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show numerous large-scale features on Pluto's surface. When various large, dark and bright regions appear near limbs, they give Pluto a distinct, but false, non-spherical appearance.
PIA19691:
Features on the Close Approach Hemisphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-03 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This image of Pluto and its big moon Charon was taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft at 04:15 (UTC) on July 1, 2015, and shows the clearest view yet of the sides of Pluto and Charon.
PIA19694:
A Remarkable World
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-01 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-03 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-03 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-06 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-07 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This map of Pluto, created from images taken from June 27-July 3, 2015, by NASA's New Horizons. This map gives mission scientists an important tool to decipher the complex and intriguing pattern of bright and dark markings on Pluto's surface.
PIA19700:
The Whale and the Donut
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-08 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This four-frame movie shows NASA's New Horizons' final deep search for hazardous material around Pluto, obtained on July 1, 2015. These data allow a highly sensitive search for any new moons.
PIA19701:
Final Hazard Search Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-08 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-10 Charon New Horizons
LORRI
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This image of Charon was taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 9, 2015, from a range of 3.9 million miles (6.3 million kilometers) shows numerous bright spots, scattered over Charon's surface.
PIA19704:
Bright Spots on Charon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-10 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-10 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-14 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-15 Charon New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-15 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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This close-up image from NASAs New Horizon spacecraft is of a region near Pluto equator reveals a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet 3,500 meters above the surface of the icy body.
PIA19710:
The Icy Mountains of Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-16 Charon New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-15 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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Like that of Charon, Hydra's surface is probably covered with water ice, the most abundant ice in the universe. This image, with a resolution of 2 miles per pixel, was taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft from approximately 400,000 miles away.
PIA19711:
Hydra Emerges from the Shadows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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
LORRI
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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
LORRI
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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 2015-07-21 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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.
PIA19842:
A Mountain Range within Pluto's 'Heart'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-25 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-27 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 2015-07-30 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 2015-07-29 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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
LORRI
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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
LORRI
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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 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 2015-08-28 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 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.
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New Horizons Sees Pluto Animation Icon
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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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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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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).
PIA19932:
Charon's Complexity
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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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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.
PIA19934:
Chaos Region
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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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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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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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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.
PIA19951:
Flyover Sputnik Planum Animation Icon
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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Merged Bodies
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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New Horizons' Very Best View of Pluto (movie)
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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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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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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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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.
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Pluto's Icy Plains Captured in Highest-Resolution Views from 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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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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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 2016-02-18 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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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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