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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-24 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 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 2015-02-04 Pluto New Horizons
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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 2015-07-10 Charon New Horizons
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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 2014-08-07 Pluto New Horizons
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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 2015-09-17 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.
PIA19946:
Near-Surface Haze or Fog on Pluto
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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 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 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 2015-07-15 Hydra New Horizons
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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 2015-10-29 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 2015-09-10 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.
PIA19933:
Dark Areas
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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 2015-07-15 Pluto New Horizons
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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 2015-11-10 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 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 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 2015-12-18 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 2015-07-21 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 2016-01-29 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 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.
PIA19944:
Valley Glaciers on Pluto
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-17 Pluto New Horizons
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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.
PIA19943:
Intricate Valley Glaciers on Pluto
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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 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 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 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 2015-11-10 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-09-10 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
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 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 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 2015-10-01 Charon New Horizons
LORRI
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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.
PIA19965:
Flying over Charon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-31 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 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 2015-09-10 Charon New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-09-17 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.
PIA19945:
Sputnik Planum in Detail
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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 2015-10-23 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 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 2015-09-21 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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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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 2015-07-14 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 2016-03-31 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 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 2015-10-23 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 2015-10-29 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 2015-11-10 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 2015-05-27 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 2015-06-11 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
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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 2016-05-18 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 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 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 2015-06-08 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 2015-07-15 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 2016-01-08 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft continues to transmit the sharpest views of Pluto that it obtained (and recorded) during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.
PIA20336:
Pluto's Icy Plains Captured in Highest-Resolution Views from New Horizons
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-09 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 2015-10-15 Pluto New Horizons
LORRI
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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 2015-09-17 Pluto New Horizons
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Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured a near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto's horizon.
PIA19947:
Closer Look: Majestic Mountains and Frozen Plains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-17 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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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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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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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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MVIC
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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 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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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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Alice UVS
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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This pair of approximately true color images of Pluto and its big moon Charon, taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, highlight the dramatically different appearance of different sides of the dwarf planet, and reveal never-before-seen details.
PIA19693:
Two Faces of Pluto
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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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