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This image from NASA's New Horizons highlights the contrasting appearance of the two worlds: Charon is mostly gray, with a dark reddish polar cap, while Pluto shows a wide variety of subtle color variations.
This image from NASA's New Horizons highlights the contrasting appearance of the two worlds: Charon is mostly gray, with a dark reddish polar cap, while Pluto shows a wide variety of subtle color variations.

A Binary Planet in Color

These two images of Pluto and Charon were collected separately by NASA's New Horizons during approach on July 13 and July 14, 2015. The relative reflectivity, size, separation, and orientations, and colors are approximated in this composite image.
These two images of Pluto and Charon were collected separately by NASA's New Horizons during approach on July 13 and July 14, 2015. The relative reflectivity, size, separation, and orientations, and colors are approximated in this composite image.

Portrait of Pluto and Charon

An artist's concept of the dwarf planet Eris and its moon Dysnomia. The sun is the small star in the distance.
An artist's concept of the dwarf planet Eris and its moon Dysnomia. The sun is the small star in the distance.

Eris and Dysnomia (Artist's Concept)

The brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres are seen in this image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 6, 2015.
The brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres are seen in this image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 6, 2015.

Bright Spots in Ceres' Second Mapping Orbit

Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, 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 spacecraft, 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's Big Heart in Color

This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 16, 2015, from a distance of 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers).
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 16, 2015, from a distance of 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers).

Dawn OpNav8 Image 1

This image of Pluto was taken by NASA's New Horizons' spacecraft at 4:18 UT on July 9, 2015, from a range of 3.9 million miles (6.3 million kilometers) reveals new details on the surface of Pluto.
This image of Pluto was taken by NASA's New Horizons' spacecraft at 4:18 UT on July 9, 2015, from a range of 3.9 million miles (6.3 million kilometers) reveals new details on the surface of Pluto.

New Details on Pluto

Four images from NASA's New Horizons were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this global view of Pluto. (The lower right edge of Pluto in this view currently lacks high-resolution color coverage.)
Four images from NASA's New Horizons were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this global view of Pluto. (The lower right edge of Pluto in this view currently lacks high-resolution color coverage.)

Pluto in True Color

The surface of Ceres is covered with craters of many shapes and sizes, as seen in this new mosaic of the dwarf planet comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission on Feb. 19, 2015 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers).
The surface of Ceres is covered with craters of many shapes and sizes, as seen in this new mosaic of the dwarf planet comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission on Feb. 19, 2015 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers).

Cratered Surface of Ceres

A newly discovered mountain range lies near the southwestern margin of Pluto's heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), situated between bright, icy plains and dark, heavily-cratered terrain as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
A newly discovered mountain range lies near the southwestern margin of Pluto's heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio (Tombaugh Region), situated between bright, icy plains and dark, heavily-cratered terrain as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

A Mountain Range within Pluto's 'Heart'

At center left of Pluto's vast heart-shaped feature ('Tombaugh Regio') lies a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
At center left of Pluto's vast heart-shaped feature ('Tombaugh Regio') lies a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto's 'Heart'

This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 16, 2015, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers), with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel.
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 16, 2015, shows a portion of the southern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers), with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel.

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 17

This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft arriving at the dwarf planet Ceres, the most massive body in the asteroid belt. Dawn is the first mission to visit a dwarf planet.
This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft arriving at the dwarf planet Ceres, the most massive body in the asteroid belt. Dawn is the first mission to visit a dwarf planet.

Dawn's Arrival at Dwarf Planet (Artist Concept)

This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, was taken on June 24, 2015.
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, was taken on June 24, 2015.

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 35

This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 14, 2015, shows an intriguing mountain on dwarf planet Ceres protruding from a relatively smooth area.
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 14, 2015, shows an intriguing mountain on dwarf planet Ceres protruding from a relatively smooth area.

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 10

A swath of cliffs and troughs stretches about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) on Pluto's largest moon Charon are revealed in this image from NASA'as New Horizon's spacecraft, taken late on July 13, 2015.
A swath of cliffs and troughs stretches about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) on Pluto's largest moon Charon are revealed in this image from NASA'as New Horizon's spacecraft, taken late on July 13, 2015.

Charon's Surprising Youthful and Varied Terrain

These two views of Ceres were acquired by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015, from a distance of about 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) as the dwarf planet rotated. The images have been magnified from their original size.
These two views of Ceres were acquired by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015, from a distance of about 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) as the dwarf planet rotated. The images have been magnified from their original size.

Dawn Approaches: Two Faces of Ceres

A cluster of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres can be seen in this image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 9, 2015.
A cluster of mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres can be seen in this image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 9, 2015.

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 11

This annotated view from NASA's New Horizons of a portion of Pluto's Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain), named for Earth's first artificial satellite, shows an array of enigmatic features.
This annotated view from NASA's New Horizons of a portion of Pluto's Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain), named for Earth's first artificial satellite, shows an array of enigmatic features.

Portion of Pluto's Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain)

This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the northern hemisphere on dwarf planet Ceres on June 24, 2015. The largest crater in this image, in the lower right quadrant, is called Ezinu. It is 75 miles (120 kilometers) across.
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the northern hemisphere on dwarf planet Ceres on June 24, 2015. The largest crater in this image, in the lower right quadrant, is called Ezinu. It is 75 miles (120 kilometers) across.

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 37

This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).

Dawn RC3 Image 4

This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the northern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, was taken on June 24, 2015
This image, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a portion of the northern hemisphere of dwarf planet Ceres from an altitude of 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers). The image, with a resolution of 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel, was taken on June 24, 2015

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 25

This frame from an animation shows the north pole of dwarf planet Ceres as seen by the Dawn spacecraft on April 10, 2015. Dawn was at a distance of 21,000 miles (33,000 kilometers) when its framing camera took these images.
This frame from an animation shows the north pole of dwarf planet Ceres as seen by the Dawn spacecraft on April 10, 2015. Dawn was at a distance of 21,000 miles (33,000 kilometers) when its framing camera took these images.

Ceres' North Pole

This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).

Dawn RC3 Image 12

This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).

Dawn RC3 Image 3

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