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Within Pluto's informally named Vega Terra region is a field of eye-catching craters that looks like a cluster of bright halos scattered across a dark landscape as seen by NASA's New Horizons.
Within Pluto's informally named Vega Terra region is a field of eye-catching craters that looks like a cluster of bright halos scattered across a dark landscape as seen by NASA's New Horizons.

Pluto's 'Halo' Craters

Within Pluto's informally named Vega Terra region is a field of eye-catching craters that looks like a cluster of bright halos scattered across a dark landscape as seen by NASA's New Horizons.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20656
Added: 2016-04-21

Views: 19

Pluto's 'Halo' Craters

Within Pluto's informally named Vega Terra region is a field of eye-catching craters that looks like a cluster of bright halos scattered across a dark landscape as seen by NASA's New Horizons.

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An unusual geological feature resembling a giant spider sprawls across Pluto's icy landscape in this enhanced color image was obtained by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015.
An unusual geological feature resembling a giant spider sprawls across Pluto's icy landscape in this enhanced color image was obtained by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015.

The Icy 'Spider' on Pluto

An unusual geological feature resembling a giant spider sprawls across Pluto's icy landscape in this enhanced color image was obtained by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20641
Added: 2016-04-11

Views: 238

The Icy 'Spider' on Pluto

An unusual geological feature resembling a giant spider sprawls across Pluto's icy landscape in this enhanced color image was obtained by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015.

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The red outline in this global view of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons marks the large area of mysterious, bladed terrain extending from the eastern section of the large feature informally named Tombaugh Regio.
The red outline in this global view of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons marks the large area of mysterious, bladed terrain extending from the eastern section of the large feature informally named Tombaugh Regio.

'Blades' Across Pluto

The red outline in this global view of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons marks the large area of mysterious, bladed terrain extending from the eastern section of the large feature informally named Tombaugh Regio.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20545
Added: 2016-03-31

Views: 267

'Blades' Across Pluto

The red outline in this global view of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons marks the large area of mysterious, bladed terrain extending from the eastern section of the large feature informally named Tombaugh Regio.

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One of the strangest landforms spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft when it flew past Pluto last July was the 'bladed' terrain just east of Tombaugh Regio, the informal name given to Pluto's large heart-shaped surface feature.
One of the strangest landforms spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft when it flew past Pluto last July was the 'bladed' terrain just east of Tombaugh Regio, the informal name given to Pluto's large heart-shaped surface feature.

Pluto's Bladed Terrain in 3-D

One of the strangest landforms spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft when it flew past Pluto last July was the 'bladed' terrain just east of Tombaugh Regio, the informal name given to Pluto's large heart-shaped surface feature.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20544
Added: 2016-03-31

Views: 174

Pluto's Bladed Terrain in 3-D

One of the strangest landforms spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft when it flew past Pluto last July was the 'bladed' terrain just east of Tombaugh Regio, the informal name given to Pluto's large heart-shaped surface feature.

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this feature which appears to be a frozen, former lake of liquid nitrogen, located in a mountain range just north of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planum.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this feature which appears to be a frozen, former lake of liquid nitrogen, located in a mountain range just north of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planum.

Pluto: On Frozen Pond

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this feature which appears to be a frozen, former lake of liquid nitrogen, located in a mountain range just north of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planum.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20543
Added: 2016-03-24

Views: 211

Pluto: On Frozen Pond

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this feature which appears to be a frozen, former lake of liquid nitrogen, located in a mountain range just north of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planum.

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This image of haze layers above Pluto's limb was taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. About 20 haze layers are seen.
This image of haze layers above Pluto's limb was taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. About 20 haze layers are seen.

Pluto's Haze

This image of haze layers above Pluto's limb was taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. About 20 haze layers are seen.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20536
Added: 2016-03-17

Views: 375

Pluto's Haze

This image of haze layers above Pluto's limb was taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. About 20 haze layers are seen.

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NASA's New Horizons views the informally named Sputnik Planum on Pluto (top) and the informally named Vulcan Planum on Charon (bottom).
NASA's New Horizons views the informally named Sputnik Planum on Pluto (top) and the informally named Vulcan Planum on Charon (bottom).

Mountains, Craters and Plains

NASA's New Horizons views the informally named Sputnik Planum on Pluto (top) and the informally named Vulcan Planum on Charon (bottom).

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20535
Added: 2016-03-17

Views: 134

Mountains, Craters and Plains

NASA's New Horizons views the informally named Sputnik Planum on Pluto (top) and the informally named Vulcan Planum on Charon (bottom).

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This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons is of Pluto's surface diversity At lower right, ancient, heavily cratered terrain is coated with dark, reddish tholins. At upper right, volatile ices fill the informally named Sputnik Planum.
This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons is of Pluto's surface diversity At lower right, ancient, heavily cratered terrain is coated with dark, reddish tholins. At upper right, volatile ices fill the informally named Sputnik Planum.

Surface Diversity

This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons is of Pluto's surface diversity At lower right, ancient, heavily cratered terrain is coated with dark, reddish tholins. At upper right, volatile ices fill the informally named Sputnik Planum.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20534
Added: 2016-03-17

Views: 171

Surface Diversity

This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons is of Pluto's surface diversity At lower right, ancient, heavily cratered terrain is coated with dark, reddish tholins. At upper right, volatile ices fill the informally named Sputnik Planum.

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Scientists on NASA's New Horizons mission have discovered what looks like a giant bite-mark on the planet's surface. The southern portion of the left inset above shows the cratered plateau uplands informally named Vega Terra.
Scientists on NASA's New Horizons mission have discovered what looks like a giant bite-mark on the planet's surface. The southern portion of the left inset above shows the cratered plateau uplands informally named Vega Terra.

What's Eating at Pluto?

Scientists on NASA's New Horizons mission have discovered what looks like a giant bite-mark on the planet's surface. The southern portion of the left inset above shows the cratered plateau uplands informally named Vega Terra.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Linear Etalon Infrared Spectral Imager (LEISA)
ID#: PIA20531
Added: 2016-03-10

Views: 251

What's Eating at Pluto?

Scientists on NASA's New Horizons mission have discovered what looks like a giant bite-mark on the planet's surface. The southern portion of the left inset above shows the cratered plateau uplands informally named Vega Terra.

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this image of a chain of snow-capped mountains stretching across the dark expanse on Pluto informally named Cthulhu Regio.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this image of a chain of snow-capped mountains stretching across the dark expanse on Pluto informally named Cthulhu Regio.

Methane Snow on Pluto's Peaks

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this image of a chain of snow-capped mountains stretching across the dark expanse on Pluto informally named Cthulhu Regio.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20477
Added: 2016-03-03

Views: 181

Methane Snow on Pluto's Peaks

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this image of a chain of snow-capped mountains stretching across the dark expanse on Pluto informally named Cthulhu Regio.

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This ethereal scene captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto's diversity of geological and compositional features-this time in an enhanced color image of the north polar area.
This ethereal scene captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto's diversity of geological and compositional features-this time in an enhanced color image of the north polar area.

The Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole

This ethereal scene captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto's diversity of geological and compositional features-this time in an enhanced color image of the north polar area.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20473
Added: 2016-02-26

Views: 573

The Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole

This ethereal scene captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto's diversity of geological and compositional features-this time in an enhanced color image of the north polar area.

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This geological map from NASA's New Horizons covers a portion of Pluto's surface and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain.
This geological map from NASA's New Horizons covers a portion of Pluto's surface and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain.

Putting Pluto's Geology on the Map

This geological map from NASA's New Horizons covers a portion of Pluto's surface and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20466
Added: 2016-02-11

Views: 257

Putting Pluto's Geology on the Map

This geological map from NASA's New Horizons covers a portion of Pluto's surface and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain.

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This geological map from NASA's New Horizons covers a portion of Pluto's surface and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain.
This geological map from NASA's New Horizons covers a portion of Pluto's surface and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain.

Putting Pluto's Geology on the Map

This geological map from NASA's New Horizons covers a portion of Pluto's surface and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20465
Added: 2016-02-11

Views: 281

Putting Pluto's Geology on the Map

This geological map from NASA's New Horizons covers a portion of Pluto's surface and includes the vast nitrogen-ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum and surrounding terrain.

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took this image of Pluto's vast nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took this image of Pluto's vast nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum.

Pluto's Mysterious, Floating Hills

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took this image of Pluto's vast nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20464
Added: 2016-02-04

Views: 283

Pluto's Mysterious, Floating Hills

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took this image of Pluto's vast nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum.

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After its close approach to Pluto in July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped this hauntingly beautiful image of the night side of Pluto's largest moon, Charon.
After its close approach to Pluto in July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped this hauntingly beautiful image of the night side of Pluto's largest moon, Charon.

Charon's Night Side

After its close approach to Pluto in July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped this hauntingly beautiful image of the night side of Pluto's largest moon, Charon.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20375
Added: 2016-01-29

Views: 2666

Charon's Night Side

After its close approach to Pluto in July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped this hauntingly beautiful image of the night side of Pluto's largest moon, Charon.

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This false-color image, derived from observations in infrared light by the LEISA instrument, shows where the spectral features of water ice are abundant on Pluto's surface based on two scans obtained by NASA's New Horizons on July 14, 2015.
This false-color image, derived from observations in infrared light by the LEISA instrument, shows where the spectral features of water ice are abundant on Pluto's surface based on two scans obtained by NASA's New Horizons on July 14, 2015.

Pluto's Widespread Water Ice

This false-color image, derived from observations in infrared light by the LEISA instrument, shows where the spectral features of water ice are abundant on Pluto's surface based on two scans obtained by NASA's New Horizons on July 14, 2015.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Linear Etalon Infrared Spectral Imager (LEISA)
ID#: PIA20374
Added: 2016-01-29

Views: 1861

Pluto's Widespread Water Ice

This false-color image, derived from observations in infrared light by the LEISA instrument, shows where the spectral features of water ice are abundant on Pluto's surface based on two scans obtained by NASA's New Horizons on July 14, 2015.

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This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is the first look at Pluto's atmosphere in infrared wavelengths. The blue ring around Pluto is caused by sunlight scattering from haze particles common in Pluto's atmosphere.
This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is the first look at Pluto's atmosphere in infrared wavelengths. The blue ring around Pluto is caused by sunlight scattering from haze particles common in Pluto's atmosphere.

Pluto's Blue Atmosphere in the Infrared

This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is the first look at Pluto's atmosphere in infrared wavelengths. The blue ring around Pluto is caused by sunlight scattering from haze particles common in Pluto's atmosphere.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Linear Etalon Infrared Spectral Imager (LEISA)
ID#: PIA20373
Added: 2016-01-29

Views: 1647

Pluto's Blue Atmosphere in the Infrared

This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is the first look at Pluto's atmosphere in infrared wavelengths. The blue ring around Pluto is caused by sunlight scattering from haze particles common in Pluto's atmosphere.

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This approximate true-color image from NASA's New Horizons shows hydrocarbons accumulating into small particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, and scatter sunlight to make the bright blue haze seen in this image.
This approximate true-color image from NASA's New Horizons shows hydrocarbons accumulating into small particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, and scatter sunlight to make the bright blue haze seen in this image.

Pluto's Haze in Bands of Blue

This approximate true-color image from NASA's New Horizons shows hydrocarbons accumulating into small particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, and scatter sunlight to make the bright blue haze seen in this image.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20362
Added: 2016-01-14

Views: 1195

Pluto's Haze in Bands of Blue

This approximate true-color image from NASA's New Horizons shows hydrocarbons accumulating into small particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, and scatter sunlight to make the bright blue haze seen in this image.

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

Wright's Stuff

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

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20361
Added: 2016-01-14

Views: 513

Wright's Stuff

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

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft continues to transmit the sharpest views of Pluto that it obtained (and recorded) during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft continues to transmit the sharpest views of Pluto that it obtained (and recorded) during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.

Pluto's Icy Plains Captured in Highest-Resolution Views from New Horizons

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft continues to transmit the sharpest views of Pluto that it obtained (and recorded) during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20336
Added: 2016-01-08

Views: 978

Pluto's Icy Plains Captured in Highest-Resolution Views from New Horizons

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft continues to transmit the sharpest views of Pluto that it obtained (and recorded) during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.

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This illustration shows some of the final images used to determine that the coast was clear for NASA's New Horizons' flight through the Pluto system.
This illustration shows some of the final images used to determine that the coast was clear for NASA's New Horizons' flight through the Pluto system.

Deep Field Image

This illustration shows some of the final images used to determine that the coast was clear for NASA's New Horizons' flight through the Pluto system.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20293
Added: 2015-12-31

Views: 606

Deep Field Image

This illustration shows some of the final images used to determine that the coast was clear for NASA's New Horizons' flight through the Pluto system.

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Pluto shows two remarkably different sides in these color images of the planet and its largest moon, Charon, taken by NASA's New Horizons on June 25 and June 27, 2015.
Pluto shows two remarkably different sides in these color images of the planet and its largest moon, Charon, taken by NASA's New Horizons on June 25 and June 27, 2015.

Two Faces of Pluto July 1

Pluto shows two remarkably different sides in these color images of the planet and its largest moon, Charon, taken by NASA's New Horizons on June 25 and June 27, 2015.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20292
Added: 2015-12-31

Views: 558

Two Faces of Pluto July 1

Pluto shows two remarkably different sides in these color images of the planet and its largest moon, Charon, taken by NASA's New Horizons on June 25 and June 27, 2015.

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Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from NASA's New Horizons, taken on July 13, 2015. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto on July 14.
Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from NASA's New Horizons, taken on July 13, 2015. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto on July 14.

Color Image of Pluto

Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from NASA's New Horizons, taken on July 13, 2015. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto on July 14.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20291
Added: 2015-12-31

Views: 731

Color Image of Pluto

Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from NASA's New Horizons, taken on July 13, 2015. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto on July 14.

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This recently received panchromatic image of Pluto's small satellite Nix taken by NASA's New Horizons is one of the best images of Pluto's third-largest moon.
This recently received panchromatic image of Pluto's small satellite Nix taken by NASA's New Horizons is one of the best images of Pluto's third-largest moon.

Pluto's Moon Nix, Half Illuminated

This recently received panchromatic image of Pluto's small satellite Nix taken by NASA's New Horizons is one of the best images of Pluto's third-largest moon.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20287
Added: 2015-12-18

Views: 705

Pluto's Moon Nix, Half Illuminated

This recently received panchromatic image of Pluto's small satellite Nix taken by NASA's New Horizons is one of the best images of Pluto's third-largest moon.

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This is a portion of a high-resolution swath of Pluto sweeping over the cratered plains west of NASA's New Horizons' encounter hemisphere and across numerous prominent faults, skimming the eastern margin of the dark, forbidding region of Cthulhu Regio.
This is a portion of a high-resolution swath of Pluto sweeping over the cratered plains west of NASA's New Horizons' encounter hemisphere and across numerous prominent faults, skimming the eastern margin of the dark, forbidding region of Cthulhu Regio.

Zigzagging Across Pluto

This is a portion of a high-resolution swath of Pluto sweeping over the cratered plains west of NASA's New Horizons' encounter hemisphere and across numerous prominent faults, skimming the eastern margin of the dark, forbidding region of Cthulhu Regio.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Linear Etalon Infrared Spectral Imager (LEISA), Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20286
Added: 2015-12-16

Views: 2040

Zigzagging Across Pluto

This is a portion of a high-resolution swath of Pluto sweeping over the cratered plains west of NASA's New Horizons' encounter hemisphere and across numerous prominent faults, skimming the eastern margin of the dark, forbidding region of Cthulhu Regio.

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