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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

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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: 2202

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: 1168

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: 959

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: 368

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: 347

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: 379

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: 423

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: 351

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: 459

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: 548

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: 1857

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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This image from NASA's New Horizons forms a strip trending from the edge of 'badlands' northwest of Sputnik Planum, across the al-Idrisi mountains, onto the shoreline of Pluto's 'heart' feature, and just into its icy plains.
This image from NASA's New Horizons forms a strip trending from the edge of 'badlands' northwest of Sputnik Planum, across the al-Idrisi mountains, onto the shoreline of Pluto's 'heart' feature, and just into its icy plains.

Pluto's Close-up, Now in Color

This image from NASA's New Horizons forms a strip trending from the edge of 'badlands' northwest of Sputnik Planum, across the al-Idrisi mountains, onto the shoreline of Pluto's 'heart' feature, and just into its icy plains.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20213
Added: 2015-12-10

Views: 1235

Pluto's Close-up, Now in Color

This image from NASA's New Horizons forms a strip trending from the edge of 'badlands' northwest of Sputnik Planum, across the al-Idrisi mountains, onto the shoreline of Pluto's 'heart' feature, and just into its icy plains.

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On July 14, 2015, the telescopic camera on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took the highest resolution images ever obtained of the intricate pattern of 'pits' across a section of Pluto's prominent heart-shaped region, informally named Tombaugh Regio.
On July 14, 2015, the telescopic camera on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took the highest resolution images ever obtained of the intricate pattern of 'pits' across a section of Pluto's prominent heart-shaped region, informally named Tombaugh Regio.

Zooming in on Pluto's Pattern of Pits

On July 14, 2015, the telescopic camera on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took the highest resolution images ever obtained of the intricate pattern of 'pits' across a section of Pluto's prominent heart-shaped region, informally named Tombaugh Regio.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20212
Added: 2015-12-10

Views: 650

Zooming in on Pluto's Pattern of Pits

On July 14, 2015, the telescopic camera on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took the highest resolution images ever obtained of the intricate pattern of 'pits' across a section of Pluto's prominent heart-shaped region, informally named Tombaugh Regio.

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This frame from a movie is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.
This frame from a movie is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.

New Horizons' Very Best View of Pluto (movie)

This frame from a movie is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained 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#: PIA20202
Added: 2015-12-04

Views: 503

New Horizons' Very Best View of Pluto (movie)

This frame from a movie is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.

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This mosaic is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.
This mosaic is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.

New Horizons' Very Best View of Pluto (Mosiac)

This mosaic is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained 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#: PIA20201
Added: 2015-12-04

Views: 405

New Horizons' Very Best View of Pluto (Mosiac)

This mosaic is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby of the distant planet on July 14, 2015.

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This highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals new details of Pluto's rugged, icy cratered plains.
This highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals new details of Pluto's rugged, icy cratered plains.

Layered Craters and Icy Plains

This highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals new details of Pluto's rugged, icy cratered plains.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20200
Added: 2015-12-04

Views: 369

Layered Craters and Icy Plains

This highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveals new details of Pluto's rugged, icy cratered plains.

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This highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows how erosion and faulting has sculpted this portion of Pluto's icy crust into rugged badlands.
This highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows how erosion and faulting has sculpted this portion of Pluto's icy crust into rugged badlands.

Pluto's Badlands

This highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows how erosion and faulting has sculpted this portion of Pluto's icy crust into rugged badlands.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20199
Added: 2015-12-04

Views: 281

Pluto's Badlands

This highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows how erosion and faulting has sculpted this portion of Pluto's icy crust into rugged badlands.

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In this highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, great blocks of Pluto's water-ice crust appear jammed together in the informally named al-Idrisi mountains.
In this highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, great blocks of Pluto's water-ice crust appear jammed together in the informally named al-Idrisi mountains.

The Mountainous Shoreline of Sputnik Planum

In this highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, great blocks of Pluto's water-ice crust appear jammed together in the informally named al-Idrisi mountains.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20198
Added: 2015-12-04

Views: 264

The Mountainous Shoreline of Sputnik Planum

In this highest-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, great blocks of Pluto's water-ice crust appear jammed together in the informally named al-Idrisi mountains.

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NASA's New Horizons scientists believe that the informally named feature Wright Mons, located south of Sputnik Planum on Pluto, and another, Piccard Mons, could have been formed by the 'cryovolcanic' eruption of ices from beneath Pluto's surface.
NASA's New Horizons scientists believe that the informally named feature Wright Mons, located south of Sputnik Planum on Pluto, and another, Piccard Mons, could have been formed by the 'cryovolcanic' eruption of ices from beneath Pluto's surface.

Ice Volcanoes on Pluto?

NASA's New Horizons scientists believe that the informally named feature Wright Mons, located south of Sputnik Planum on Pluto, and another, Piccard Mons, could have been formed by the 'cryovolcanic' eruption of ices from beneath Pluto's surface.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20155
Added: 2015-11-09

Views: 696

Ice Volcanoes on Pluto?

NASA's New Horizons scientists believe that the informally named feature Wright Mons, located south of Sputnik Planum on Pluto, and another, Piccard Mons, could have been formed by the 'cryovolcanic' eruption of ices from beneath Pluto's surface.

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Locations of more than 1,000 craters mapped on Pluto by NASA's New Horizons mission indicate a wide range of surface ages, which likely means that Pluto has been geologically active throughout its history.
Locations of more than 1,000 craters mapped on Pluto by NASA's New Horizons mission indicate a wide range of surface ages, which likely means that Pluto has been geologically active throughout its history.

Craters of All Ages and Sizes

Locations of more than 1,000 craters mapped on Pluto by NASA's New Horizons mission indicate a wide range of surface ages, which likely means that Pluto has been geologically active throughout its history.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20154
Added: 2015-11-09

Views: 213

Craters of All Ages and Sizes

Locations of more than 1,000 craters mapped on Pluto by NASA's New Horizons mission indicate a wide range of surface ages, which likely means that Pluto has been geologically active throughout its history.

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NASA's New Horizons data indicates that at least two (and possibly all four) of Pluto's small moons may be the result of mergers between still smaller moons.
NASA's New Horizons data indicates that at least two (and possibly all four) of Pluto's small moons may be the result of mergers between still smaller moons.

Merged Bodies

NASA's New Horizons data indicates that at least two (and possibly all four) of Pluto's small moons may be the result of mergers between still smaller moons.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20153
Added: 2015-11-09

Views: 229

Merged Bodies

NASA's New Horizons data indicates that at least two (and possibly all four) of Pluto's small moons may be the result of mergers between still smaller moons.

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Most inner moons in the solar system keep one face pointed toward their central planet; this frame from an animation by NASA's New Horizons shows that certainly isn't the case with the small moons of Pluto, which behave like spinning tops.
Most inner moons in the solar system keep one face pointed toward their central planet; this frame from an animation by NASA's New Horizons shows that certainly isn't the case with the small moons of Pluto, which behave like spinning tops.

Spinning Moons

Most inner moons in the solar system keep one face pointed toward their central planet; this frame from an animation by NASA's New Horizons shows that certainly isn't the case with the small moons of Pluto, which behave like spinning tops.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
ID#: PIA20152
Added: 2015-11-09

Views: 278

Spinning Moons

Most inner moons in the solar system keep one face pointed toward their central planet; this frame from an animation by NASA's New Horizons shows that certainly isn't the case with the small moons of Pluto, which behave like spinning tops.

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NASA's New Horizons cameras have spied swarms of mysterious 'pits' across the informally named Sputnik Planum. Scientists believe the pits may form through a combination of sublimation and ice fracturing.
NASA's New Horizons cameras have spied swarms of mysterious 'pits' across the informally named Sputnik Planum. Scientists believe the pits may form through a combination of sublimation and ice fracturing.

Pluto's Pits

NASA's New Horizons cameras have spied swarms of mysterious 'pits' across the informally named Sputnik Planum. Scientists believe the pits may form through a combination of sublimation and ice fracturing.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20151
Added: 2015-11-09

Views: 243

Pluto's Pits

NASA's New Horizons cameras have spied swarms of mysterious 'pits' across the informally named Sputnik Planum. Scientists believe the pits may form through a combination of sublimation and ice fracturing.

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Scientists using NASA's New Horizons images of Pluto's surface to make 3-D topographic maps have discovered that two of Pluto's mountains, informally named Wright Mons and Piccard Mons, could possibly be ice volcanoes.
Scientists using NASA's New Horizons images of Pluto's surface to make 3-D topographic maps have discovered that two of Pluto's mountains, informally named Wright Mons and Piccard Mons, could possibly be ice volcanoes.

Ice Volcanoes and Topography

Scientists using NASA's New Horizons images of Pluto's surface to make 3-D topographic maps have discovered that two of Pluto's mountains, informally named Wright Mons and Piccard Mons, could possibly be ice volcanoes.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20050
Added: 2015-11-09

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Ice Volcanoes and Topography

Scientists using NASA's New Horizons images of Pluto's surface to make 3-D topographic maps have discovered that two of Pluto's mountains, informally named Wright Mons and Piccard Mons, could possibly be ice volcanoes.

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