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Incredible close-up images of Pluto revealed

December 5, 2015 | Comment icon 16 comments



One of several new high resolution images of Pluto's surface. Image Credit: NASA
NASA has released breathtaking new images of Pluto's surface taken by the New Horizons probe.
As if the previous images returned by the spacecraft weren't already impressive enough, this latest series of photographs shows the planet's surface in such extreme detail that it looks more like something you'd expect to see from a plane over the Earth than a planet 3.6 billion miles away.

The high resolution pictures, which were shot 10000 miles above the surface, show Pluto's incredible icy plains and enigmatic mountain ranges in more detail than ever before.
"These close-up images, showing the diversity of terrain on Pluto, demonstrate the power of our robotic planetary explorers to return intriguing data to scientists back here on planet Earth," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

"New Horizons thrilled us during the July flyby with the first close images of Pluto, and as the spacecraft transmits the treasure trove of images in its onboard memory back to us, we continue to be amazed by what we see."

A full mosaic of the new photographs can be viewed on NASA's website - here.

Source: Independent | Comments (16)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by C.J. 7 years ago
Oh oh is that face i see in the rocks. Let the conspiracies begin!!!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Glockornothing 7 years ago
Thats for sure.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Glockornothing 7 years ago
It is a very bizarre landscape to say the least. The science teams must be like kids on Christmas morning and unbelievably, the best stuff is yet to come. Lol are we allowed to say Christmas here
Comment icon #10 Posted by coolguy 7 years ago
I can see the rebel base very cool pics
Comment icon #11 Posted by Merc14 7 years ago
Lol are we allowed to say Christmas here
Comment icon #12 Posted by Infernal Gnu 7 years ago
Holy crap, I think I see General Zod, Ursa and Non flying over the surface of Pluto! That damn new Horizons probe must have ruptured the Phantom Zone and let them escape.
Comment icon #13 Posted by highdesert50 7 years ago
Despite the politicians, dwindling resources, and a world in chaos, we have managed to visit our solar system. And, finally, Pluto, whose landscape is far more breathtaking than anything Hollywood has conceived. Will we elect to sustain our Age of Enlightenment and develop ourselves as a civilization on Mars.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Aardvark-DK 7 years ago
Looks like that ice planet in Star Wars...
Comment icon #15 Posted by Astra. 7 years ago
It's amazing that these images and data were beamed back 3 billion miles through space - that alone is a source of amazement - and the quality of the high resolution images are simply remarkable. Pluto certainly is a fascinating little world.
Comment icon #16 Posted by moon tide 7 years ago
Amazing images. In a way, Pluto has finally been avenged.


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