Image Gallery – Pluto and Charon, July 11, 2015

Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI
Pluto. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

The latest image of Pluto from New Horizons, taken on July 11, 2015, has just been posted. More interesting geological features can now be seen, including possible cliffs and a crater, as well as the other bright and dark patches. There is also a new image of Pluto’s largest moon Charon, showing chasms, craters and the large dark area at the north pole. It is now less than two days until closest approach, at 7:49 AM EDT on July 14!

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Image Gallery – Pluto, July 11, 2015

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

The latest image of Pluto from New Horizons, taken on July 11, 2015 from 4 million kilometres (2.5 million miles) away. The four dark spots along the equator (next to the “whale” feature)  can be seen better now, but will be on the other side of the dwarf planet when New Horizons passes by. It is now only three days until closest approach!

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Image Gallery: Pluto – July 9, 2015

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

The latest image of Pluto from New Horizons, taken on July 9, 2015 from 5.4 million kilometres (3.3 million miles) away. The long dark feature along the equator called the “whale” is at the bottom of the image, and another band of “complex terrain” including polygonal features above that stretches for about 1,609 kilometres (1,000 miles). It is now only three days until closest approach!

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Today’s new Pluto images plus updated media coverage and activities for flyby on July 14

The newest image of Pluto and its largest moon Charon in color, taken on July 8, 2015 by New Horizons. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI
The newest image of Pluto and its largest moon Charon in colour, taken on July 8, 2015 by New Horizons. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

New images of Pluto and its largest moon Charon have again been released today, showing these two worlds in ever greater detail. Also, with the New Horizons spacecraft now in its final approach phase to the Pluto system, NASA has updated its schedule of media coverage and activities for the historic encounter. There will be continuous coverage of the flyby, including, of course, the latest images as they become available.

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Closing in on Pluto: dwarf planet shows its face and heart

The newest image of Pluto, taken by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera less than six days before closest approach. The long dark area called the “whale” is in the lower left and the brighter “heart” region is in the lower right. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI
The newest image of Pluto, taken by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera less than six days before closest approach. The long dark area called the “whale” is in the lower left and the brighter “heart” region is in the lower right. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

With less than six days remaining now until closest approach, Pluto is starting to show its real face for the first time ever, including a big “heart.”

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After glitch, New Horizons to resume science operations July 7, before Pluto encounter

The newest maps of Pluto, as of two weeks before closest approach. A black and white reflectance map has been combined with a natural colour map to produce the map in the center. Four dark patches of about the same size and spacing can also be seen in these and other recent images. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI
The newest maps of Pluto, as of two weeks before closest approach. A black and white reflectance map has been combined with a natural colour map to produce the map in the center. Four dark patches of about the same size and spacing can also be seen in these and other recent images. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

After an anomaly was detected onboard the New Horizons spacecraft on July 4, which had many people holding their collective breath, NASA announced today that science operations will resume on July 7, just days before the spacecraft makes its closest approach to Pluto and its moons on July 14.

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