Space & Astronomy
NASA reveals new close-up images of Pluto
By T.K. Randall
May 28, 2016 · 29 comments
The images were captured by New Horizons last year. Image Credit: NASA
The fascinating pictures are the most detailed views of Pluto we are going to get for a very long time.
Released both as a high-res still and in the form of a video, the new images form a mosaic spanning part of the hemisphere of Pluto that the New Horizons spacecraft flew over back on July 14, 2015.
Many of the shots included in the reveal have never been seen before and offer a remarkably detailed look at Pluto's distinct landscapes ranging from cratered uplands and cellular plains to chaotic, angular mountains and 'pitted' areas of sublimating nitrogen ice.
"The mosaic affords New Horizons scientists and the public the best opportunity to examine the fine details of the various types of terrain on Pluto, and determine the processes that formed and shaped them," NASA wrote in a press release on its website.
The full, high-resolution mosaic can be viewed in all its glory - here
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