Stunning Pluto Pictures That Will Amaze You

NASA has released amazing detailed Pluto pictures.

The New Horizons space probe released some of the best images of Pluto the world has seen since December 2015.

With the information gathered from these detailed images of a strip of land on Pluto’s surface called “mosaic strip”, scientists can now piece together what the rest of the dwarf planet looks like.

Photos were taken by New Horizons camera from a diagonal strip stretching across the surface of one side of Pluto.

This picture is called “the mountainous shoreline of Sputnik Planum” and it’s a place where two kinds of ice meet.

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The image below is part of a sequence taken by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) as the spacecraft passed within 9,550 miles (15,400 kilometers) of Pluto’s surface, just 13 minutes before the time of closest approach.

pluto picturesNasa’s latest Pluto pictures depict an entire day on the dwarf planet. The space agency released a series of 10 close-ups of the frosty, faraway world today, representing one Pluto day, which is equivalent to 6.4 Earth days. The New Horizons spacecraft took the pictures as it zoomed past Pluto in an unprecedented flyby in July. Pluto was between 400,000 and 5 million miles from the camera for these photos

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This image of haze layers above Pluto’s limb was taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. About 20 haze layers are seen; the layers have been found to typically extend horizontally over hundreds of kilometers, but are not strictly parallel to the surface.

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Scientists with NASA’s New Horizons mission have assembled this highest-resolution color view of one of two potential cryovolcanoes spotted on the surface of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015.

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Pluto’s surface changes in colour and terrain from one side to the other pluto picturesIce mountains on Pluto, imaged by the New Horizons spacecraft about 90 minutes before its closest encounter with Pluto, at a distance of about 47 thousand miles. The lack of cratering indicates the mountains are relatively young (probably between 100 and 200 million years old), but no mechanism has been proposed for the formation of such structures on an icy body like Pluto.

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Below the last image transmitted by the New Horizons spacecraft before its flyby of Pluto

pluto picturesThis is a “synthetic” image of various shots taken in mid-July from 50,000 miles away. This composit image is what it would look like from 1,000 miles up.

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This close-up shows much more of the variety of the dwarf planet’s surface.

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This close-up shows rounded and bizarrely textured mountains nicknamed the “Tartarus Dorsa.”
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