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New Horizons Update: New global maps of Pluto and Charon released

11 Jul 2018, 10:58 UTC
New Horizons Update: New global maps of Pluto and Charon released
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Perspective view of Pluto’s highest mountains, Tenzing Montes, along the western margins of Sputnik Planitia, which rise three to six kilometres above the smooth nitrogen-ice plains in the foreground. Image credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute/Paul Schenk
Until 2015, it was not known whether icy Pluto or its largest moon, Charon, had mountains, valleys or even impact craters. After the spectacular success of New Horizons in July 2015, scientists were amazed at the towering peaks and deep valleys that were revealed in the returned data. Now, thanks to the efforts of the New Horizons team, the first official validated global map and topographic maps of these two bodies have been published and are available to all. The maps and the process of creating them are described in two new research articles published in the journal Icarus.
To create the maps, New Horizons researchers, led by Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Senior Staff Scientist, Paul Schenk, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, registered all the images from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) systems together and assembled the mosaics. This was a labour-intensive effort requiring detailed alignment of surface features in overlapping images. Digital analysis of ...

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