NASA Reveals New Pluto Images Today At 2pm ET

Posted: Jul 24 2015, 10:26am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 24 2015, 10:29am CDT , in Latest Science News


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NASA reveals new Pluto Images Today at 2pm ET

NASA is on a role. Yesterday they revealed a new earth like planet with Kepler-452b and today new photos of Pluto will be revealed. Here is a teaser.

The NASA New Horizons team will update today at 2pm ET with new images and discuss latest science results from the spacecraft’s historic July 14 flyby of Pluto.

NASA has revealed a false color photo of Pluto as teaser of what to come this afternoon.

The close-up images of Pluto have been combined with color data from the Ralph instrument, it paints a new and surprising portrait of the dwarf planet. The “heart of the heart,” Sputnik Planum, is suggestive of a source region of ices. The two bluish-white “lobes” that extend to the southwest and northeast of the “heart” may represent exotic ices being transported away from Sputnik Planum.

Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view. The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers).

There is still endless data coming from New Horizons as download speeds are very limited.

The spacecraft is also continuing to operate and is flying further through space.

The New Horizons media update will feature Jim Green, director of Planetary Science at NASA Headquarters, Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, Michael Summers, New Horizons co-investigator at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia William McKinnon, New Horizons co-investigator at Washington University in St. Louis and Cathy Olkin, New Horizons deputy project scientist at SwRI.

The event will be streamed live on NASA TV starting 2pm ET.

Yesterday NASA stunned the world with the discovery of Kepler-452b. This exoplanet is the most similar to earth yet. It is though 1,400 light years away. It would take 6 million years to get there with current space travel technology.

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