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New Pluto images, Virgins' orbital launcher, NASA's miniature Sun mission.....

5 Dec 2015, 13:45 UTC
New Pluto images, Virgins' orbital launcher, NASA's miniature Sun mission.....
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New Pluto images:New Horizon's slow, slowwwww download of the data it took during it's historic flyby of Pluto (it's down loading from beyond the furthest planet in our solar system, so I suppose we can't complain too much) has revealed some of the strangest and most astounding landscapes on Pluto so far. The images are all part of one huge mosaic, taken in a long strip by New Horizon's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera during its july flyby. The strip is fifty miles wide, and these new images are six times better than the resolution of the global Pluto map New Horizons obtained, and five times better than the best images of Pluto’s cousin Triton, Neptune’s large moon, obtained by Voyager 2 in 1989.Follow the strip from one end to the other, and it takes us on a journey across the surface of an incredibly strange world that human eyes will probably never see up close: From the mountainous Plutonian horizon, where what might be haze in the atmosphere can be seen hovering over the hills...Above: Pluto's Horizon, Courtesy of JPL...across terrain punctuated by fractures and dark asteroid craters, that seem to have drilled into the surface and revealed layers of ...

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