Impact craters of meteorites and an erratic surface. New photos of the New Horizons probe show Pluto in detail.
A rugged, cold world of mountains, plains, craters and gorges opens up on the new series of photos sent by NASA's New Horizons probe from the edge of the solar system.
These photos were taken in the summer of 2015, but due to the enormous distance it takes a long time to download them here.
Pluto in unprecedented detail
They are the sharpest photos ever taken of Pluto. The probe took them at a distance of approximately 17,000 kilometers, just fifteen minutes before it was closest to Pluto on July 14, 2015.
Just before he flew past the dwarf planet, the camera flipped loose. For example, the probe recorded an 800-kilometer long and 80-kilometer wide belt of changing landscapes.
The photos include an ice plain called Sputnik Planum, and a mountain called al-Idrisi.
The photos are incredibly detailed and offer astronomers a unique glimpse into a world that until now we only knew as a light spot at the back of the solar system, about 4.76 billion kilometers away.
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