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Pluto's bladed terrain as seen from NASA's New Horizons during its July 2015 flyby.
Pluto's bladed terrain as seen from NASA's New Horizons during its July 2015 flyby.

Pluto's Bladed Terrain

Pluto's bladed terrain as seen from NASA's New Horizons during its July 2015 flyby.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA21965
Added: 2017-09-28

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Pluto's Bladed Terrain

Pluto's bladed terrain as seen from NASA's New Horizons during its July 2015 flyby.

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These maps are from NASA's New Horizons' data on the topography (top) and composition (bottom) of Pluto's surface. In the high-resolution topographical map, the highlighted red region is high in elevation.
These maps are from NASA's New Horizons' data on the topography (top) and composition (bottom) of Pluto's surface. In the high-resolution topographical map, the highlighted red region is high in elevation.

Pluto Topography and Composition Map

These maps are from NASA's New Horizons' data on the topography (top) and composition (bottom) of Pluto's surface. In the high-resolution topographical map, the highlighted red region is high in elevation.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
ID#: PIA22036
Added: 2017-09-28

Views: 476

Pluto Topography and Composition Map

These maps are from NASA's New Horizons' data on the topography (top) and composition (bottom) of Pluto's surface. In the high-resolution topographical map, the highlighted red region is high in elevation.

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This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows an overlay of the first official Pluto feature names.
This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows an overlay of the first official Pluto feature names.

First Official Pluto Feature Names

This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows an overlay of the first official Pluto feature names.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA21944
Added: 2017-09-06

Views: 511

First Official Pluto Feature Names

This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft shows an overlay of the first official Pluto feature names.

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The dramatic Pluto flyover begins over the highlands to the southwest of the great expanse of nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planitia, as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
The dramatic Pluto flyover begins over the highlands to the southwest of the great expanse of nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planitia, as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

Soaring over Pluto

The dramatic Pluto flyover begins over the highlands to the southwest of the great expanse of nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planitia, as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA21863
Added: 2017-07-14

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Soaring over Pluto

The dramatic Pluto flyover begins over the highlands to the southwest of the great expanse of nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planitia, as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

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This detailed, high-quality global mosaic of Pluto and its moon, Charon, was assembled from nearly all of the highest-resolution images obtained by NASA's New Horizons.
This detailed, high-quality global mosaic of Pluto and its moon, Charon, was assembled from nearly all of the highest-resolution images obtained by NASA's New Horizons.

Global Mosaics of Pluto and Charon

This detailed, high-quality global mosaic of Pluto and its moon, Charon, was assembled from nearly all of the highest-resolution images obtained by NASA's New Horizons.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA21862
Added: 2017-07-14

Views: 233

Global Mosaics of Pluto and Charon

This detailed, high-quality global mosaic of Pluto and its moon, Charon, was assembled from nearly all of the highest-resolution images obtained by NASA's New Horizons.

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This detailed, high-quality global mosaic of Pluto was assembled from nearly all of the highest-resolution images obtained by NASA's New Horizons.
This detailed, high-quality global mosaic of Pluto was assembled from nearly all of the highest-resolution images obtained by NASA's New Horizons.

Pluto's Surface in Detail

This detailed, high-quality global mosaic of Pluto was assembled from nearly all of the highest-resolution images obtained by NASA's New Horizons.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA21861
Added: 2017-07-14

Views: 247

Pluto's Surface in Detail

This detailed, high-quality global mosaic of Pluto was assembled from nearly all of the highest-resolution images obtained by NASA's New Horizons.

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This is an overhead view of NASA'S New Horizons full trajectory; the spacecraft has entered a hibernation phase on April 7 that will last until early September.
This is an overhead view of NASA'S New Horizons full trajectory; the spacecraft has entered a hibernation phase on April 7 that will last until early September.

Nap Time for New Horizons: NASA Spacecraft Enters Hibernation

This is an overhead view of NASA'S New Horizons full trajectory; the spacecraft has entered a hibernation phase on April 7 that will last until early September.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
ID#: PIA21589
Added: 2017-04-10

Views: 773

Nap Time for New Horizons: NASA Spacecraft Enters Hibernation

This is an overhead view of NASA'S New Horizons full trajectory; the spacecraft has entered a hibernation phase on April 7 that will last until early September.

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In preparation for NASA's New Horizons flyby of 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019, the spacecraft's LORRI took a series of 10-second exposures of the background star field near the location of its target Kuiper Belt object (KBO).
In preparation for NASA's New Horizons flyby of 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019, the spacecraft's LORRI took a series of 10-second exposures of the background star field near the location of its target Kuiper Belt object (KBO).

A KBO among the Stars

In preparation for NASA's New Horizons flyby of 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019, the spacecraft's LORRI took a series of 10-second exposures of the background star field near the location of its target Kuiper Belt object (KBO).

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA21588
Added: 2017-04-03

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A KBO among the Stars

In preparation for NASA's New Horizons flyby of 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019, the spacecraft's LORRI took a series of 10-second exposures of the background star field near the location of its target Kuiper Belt object (KBO).

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This is the highest-resolution color departure shot of Pluto's receding crescent from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken when the spacecraft was 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Pluto.
This is the highest-resolution color departure shot of Pluto's receding crescent from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken when the spacecraft was 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Pluto.

Blue Rays: New Horizons' High-Res Farewell to Pluto

This is the highest-resolution color departure shot of Pluto's receding crescent from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken when the spacecraft was 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Pluto.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA21590
Added: 2017-03-23

Views: 678

Blue Rays: New Horizons' High-Res Farewell to Pluto

This is the highest-resolution color departure shot of Pluto's receding crescent from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken when the spacecraft was 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Pluto.

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This image obtained by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is from a movie made from more than 100 images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015.
This image obtained by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is from a movie made from more than 100 images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015.

A Colorful 'Landing' on Pluto (Animation)

This image obtained by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is from a movie made from more than 100 images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA11709
Added: 2017-01-19

Views: 1470

A Colorful 'Landing' on Pluto (Animation)

This image obtained by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is from a movie made from more than 100 images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015.

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This detailed global mosaic color map of Pluto is based on a series of three color filter images obtained NASA's New Horizons during the spacecraft's close flyby of Pluto in July 2015.
This detailed global mosaic color map of Pluto is based on a series of three color filter images obtained NASA's New Horizons during the spacecraft's close flyby of Pluto in July 2015.

Pluto Color Map

This detailed global mosaic color map of Pluto is based on a series of three color filter images obtained NASA's New Horizons during the spacecraft's close flyby of Pluto in July 2015.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA11707
Added: 2017-01-18

Views: 666

Pluto Color Map

This detailed global mosaic color map of Pluto is based on a series of three color filter images obtained NASA's New Horizons during the spacecraft's close flyby of Pluto in July 2015.

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Pluto's present, hazy atmosphere is almost entirely free of clouds, though scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have identified some cloud candidates after examining images taken during July, 2015.
Pluto's present, hazy atmosphere is almost entirely free of clouds, though scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have identified some cloud candidates after examining images taken during July, 2015.

Partly Cloudy on Pluto?

Pluto's present, hazy atmosphere is almost entirely free of clouds, though scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have identified some cloud candidates after examining images taken during July, 2015.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA21127
Added: 2016-10-18

Views: 1085

Partly Cloudy on Pluto?

Pluto's present, hazy atmosphere is almost entirely free of clouds, though scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have identified some cloud candidates after examining images taken during July, 2015.

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As NASA's New Horizons approached Pluto in late 2014 and then flew by the planet during the summer of 2015, NASA's Chandra obtained data during four separate observations. During each observation, Chandra detected low-energy X-rays from the small planet.
As NASA's New Horizons approached Pluto in late 2014 and then flew by the planet during the summer of 2015, NASA's Chandra obtained data during four separate observations. During each observation, Chandra detected low-energy X-rays from the small planet.

X-Rays from Pluto

As NASA's New Horizons approached Pluto in late 2014 and then flew by the planet during the summer of 2015, NASA's Chandra obtained data during four separate observations. During each observation, Chandra detected low-energy X-rays from the small planet.

Target: Pluto
Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP)
ID#: PIA21061
Added: 2016-09-14

Views: 1808

X-Rays from Pluto

As NASA's New Horizons approached Pluto in late 2014 and then flew by the planet during the summer of 2015, NASA's Chandra obtained data during four separate observations. During each observation, Chandra detected low-energy X-rays from the small planet.

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This area seen by NASA's New Horizons is south of Pluto's dark equatorial band informally named Cthulhu Regio, and southwest of the vast nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planitia.
This area seen by NASA's New Horizons is south of Pluto's dark equatorial band informally named Cthulhu Regio, and southwest of the vast nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planitia.

Pluto's Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness

This area seen by NASA's New Horizons is south of Pluto's dark equatorial band informally named Cthulhu Regio, and southwest of the vast nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planitia.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA21026
Added: 2016-08-31

Views: 983

Pluto's Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness

This area seen by NASA's New Horizons is south of Pluto's dark equatorial band informally named Cthulhu Regio, and southwest of the vast nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planitia.

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This area seen by NASA's New Horizons is south of Pluto's dark equatorial band informally named Cthulhu Regio, and southwest of the vast nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planitia.
This area seen by NASA's New Horizons is south of Pluto's dark equatorial band informally named Cthulhu Regio, and southwest of the vast nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planitia.

Pluto's Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness (context)

This area seen by NASA's New Horizons is south of Pluto's dark equatorial band informally named Cthulhu Regio, and southwest of the vast nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planitia.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA21025
Added: 2016-08-31

Views: 1124

Pluto's Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness (context)

This area seen by NASA's New Horizons is south of Pluto's dark equatorial band informally named Cthulhu Regio, and southwest of the vast nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planitia.

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After a 9.5-year voyage covering more than three billion miles, NASA's New Horizons flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, coming within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto itself.
After a 9.5-year voyage covering more than three billion miles, NASA's New Horizons flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, coming within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto itself.

Imagine a Landing on Pluto

After a 9.5-year voyage covering more than three billion miles, NASA's New Horizons flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, coming within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto itself.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
ID#: PIA20742
Added: 2016-07-14

Views: 1245

Imagine a Landing on Pluto

After a 9.5-year voyage covering more than three billion miles, NASA's New Horizons flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, coming within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto itself.

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This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto's great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula.
This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto's great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula.

The Jagged Shores of Pluto's Highlands

This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto's great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20733
Added: 2016-06-09

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The Jagged Shores of Pluto's Highlands

This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto's great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula.

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This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto's great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula.
This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto's great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula.

The Jagged Shores of Pluto's Highlands

This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto's great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20732
Added: 2016-06-09

Views: 1066

The Jagged Shores of Pluto's Highlands

This enhanced color view from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto's great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula.

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle, that is, with the sun on the other side of Pluto.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle, that is, with the sun on the other side of Pluto.

Secrets Revealed from Pluto's 'Twilight Zone'

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle, that is, with the sun on the other side of Pluto.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20727
Added: 2016-06-02

Views: 1214

Secrets Revealed from Pluto's 'Twilight Zone'

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle, that is, with the sun on the other side of Pluto.

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Like a cosmic lava lamp, a large section of Pluto's icy surface is being constantly renewed by a process called convection that replaces older surface ices with fresher material as evidenced by NASA's New Horizons.
Like a cosmic lava lamp, a large section of Pluto's icy surface is being constantly renewed by a process called convection that replaces older surface ices with fresher material as evidenced by NASA's New Horizons.

Pluto's Heart: Like a Cosmic 'Lava Lamp'

Like a cosmic lava lamp, a large section of Pluto's icy surface is being constantly renewed by a process called convection that replaces older surface ices with fresher material as evidenced by NASA's New Horizons.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA20726
Added: 2016-06-01

Views: 1297

Pluto's Heart: Like a Cosmic 'Lava Lamp'

Like a cosmic lava lamp, a large section of Pluto's icy surface is being constantly renewed by a process called convection that replaces older surface ices with fresher material as evidenced by NASA's New Horizons.

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This mosaic strip, extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.
This mosaic strip, extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.

New Horizons' Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface

This mosaic strip, extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA14458
Added: 2016-05-27

Views: 1473

New Horizons' Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface

This mosaic strip, extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.

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This frame from a movie, which extends across the hemisphere that faced New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.
This frame from a movie, which extends across the hemisphere that faced New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.

New Horizons' Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface (movie)

This frame from a movie, which extends across the hemisphere that faced New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA14457
Added: 2016-05-27

Views: 1526

New Horizons' Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface (movie)

This frame from a movie, which extends across the hemisphere that faced New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.

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NASA's New Horizons scientists have spotted an expanse of terrain they describe as 'fretted' (bright plains divided into polygon-shaped blocks by a network of dark, connected valleys) in Pluto's informally named Venera Terra region.
NASA's New Horizons scientists have spotted an expanse of terrain they describe as 'fretted' (bright plains divided into polygon-shaped blocks by a network of dark, connected valleys) in Pluto's informally named Venera Terra region.

Pluto's 'Fretted' Terrain

NASA's New Horizons scientists have spotted an expanse of terrain they describe as 'fretted' (bright plains divided into polygon-shaped blocks by a network of dark, connected valleys) in Pluto's informally named Venera Terra region.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC)
ID#: PIA15546
Added: 2016-05-20

Views: 1144

Pluto's 'Fretted' Terrain

NASA's New Horizons scientists have spotted an expanse of terrain they describe as 'fretted' (bright plains divided into polygon-shaped blocks by a network of dark, connected valleys) in Pluto's informally named Venera Terra region.

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This illustration shows how NASA's New Horizons' Alice ultraviolet spectrometer instrument 'watched' as two bright ultraviolet stars passed behind Pluto and its atmosphere.
This illustration shows how NASA's New Horizons' Alice ultraviolet spectrometer instrument 'watched' as two bright ultraviolet stars passed behind Pluto and its atmosphere.

First Stellar Occultations Shed Additional Light on Pluto's Atmosphere

This illustration shows how NASA's New Horizons' Alice ultraviolet spectrometer instrument 'watched' as two bright ultraviolet stars passed behind Pluto and its atmosphere.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Alice Ultraviolet Spectrometer (UVS)
ID#: PIA20590
Added: 2016-05-18

Views: 931

First Stellar Occultations Shed Additional Light on Pluto's Atmosphere

This illustration shows how NASA's New Horizons' Alice ultraviolet spectrometer instrument 'watched' as two bright ultraviolet stars passed behind Pluto and its atmosphere.

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In April 2016, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile (145-kilometer) wide Kuiper Belt object (KBO) orbiting more than 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) from the sun.
In April 2016, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile (145-kilometer) wide Kuiper Belt object (KBO) orbiting more than 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) from the sun.

New Horizons Collects First Science on a Post-Pluto Object

In April 2016, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile (145-kilometer) wide Kuiper Belt object (KBO) orbiting more than 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) from the sun.

Target: Pluto
Mission: New Horizons
Spacecraft: New Horizons
Instrument: Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
ID#: PIA20589
Added: 2016-05-18

Views: 1092

New Horizons Collects First Science on a Post-Pluto Object

In April 2016, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile (145-kilometer) wide Kuiper Belt object (KBO) orbiting more than 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) from the sun.

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