NASA Releases Best Close-up View Of Pluto’s Surface To Date

Posted: May 28 2016, 3:57am CDT | by , Updated: May 28 2016, 9:24pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

NASA Releases Best Close-up View of Pluto’s Surface to Date
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This is an assemblage of the best and most detailed images of Pluto. The images were obtained when New Horizons spacecraft flew past dwarf planet's surface on July 14, 2015.

Almost a year has gone by since NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft has completed its historical flyby of Pluto. Still scientists are analyzing dwarf planet’s diverse geology and continue to amaze us with spectacular high resolution images.

Recently, NASA has created a stunning mosaic strip, representing the most detailed images ever taken of the Pluto’ surface. The image resolution is approximately 260 feet per pixel, highlighting the finest details of Pluto’s terrain and geological features. These are arguably the best images we will see for a long time.

“The new image product is just magnetic,” said Alan Stern, principal investigator of New Horizons’ mission to Pluto. “It makes me want to go back on another mission to Pluto and get resolution images like these across the entire surface.”

The mosaic strip extends across the region where New Horizons spacecraft drew closer to the Pluto during its July 14 flyby and reveals cratered uplands, ridges on its Washboard terrain, chaos- like array of blocky mountains, cellular pattern of ice plains and rugged dark highlands.

Images were taken by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager when the spacecraft was floating about 9,850 miles away from the dwarf planet.

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