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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 2015-07-16 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 2016-09-14 Pluto Chandra X-ray Observatory
New Horizons
LORRI
SWAP
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As NASA's New Horizons approached Pluto in late 2014 and then flew by the planet during the summer of 2015, NASA's Chandra obtained data during four separate observations. During each observation, Chandra detected low-energy X-rays from the small planet.
PIA21061:
X-Rays from Pluto
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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 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 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 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 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 2015-04-14 Pluto New Horizons
Ralph Color Imager
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This image of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken by the Ralph color imager aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on April 9 and downlinked to Earth the following day.
PIA09700:
First Pluto-Charon Color Image from New Horizons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-27 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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
LORRI
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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 2015-06-11 Pluto New Horizons
MVIC
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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.
PIA19688:
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
MVIC
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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 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 2015-07-01 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 2015-07-03 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 2015-07-03 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 2015-07-03 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 2008-01-24 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-07-06 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
MVIC
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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 2015-07-07 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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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 2015-07-09 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 2015-07-10 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 2015-07-14 Pluto New Horizons
Ralph Color Imager
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This July 13, 2015, image of Pluto and Charon is presented in false colors to make differences in surface material and features easy to see. It was obtained by the Ralph instrument on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
PIA19707:
Pluto and Charon in False Color Show Compositional Diversity
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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 Hydra 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 2015-07-15 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 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
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 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 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
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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 2015-07-17 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 2015-07-21 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
Ralph
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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 2015-07-23 Pluto New Horizons
MVIC
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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.
PIA19856:
A Binary Planet in Color
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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 2015-07-30 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
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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 2007-04-02 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-09-10 Pluto New Horizons
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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).
PIA19880:
Pluto's Haze
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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 2015-09-10 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).
PIA19932:
Charon's Complexity
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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.
PIA19933:
Dark Areas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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
LORRI
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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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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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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.
PIA19944:
Valley Glaciers on Pluto
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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.
PIA19946:
Near-Surface Haze or Fog on Pluto
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
PIA20202:
New Horizons' Very Best View of Pluto (movie)
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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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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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