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New Horizons Captures The First High Resolution Photo Of Pluto

14 Jul 2015, 18:08 UTC
New Horizons Captures The First High Resolution Photo Of Pluto
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NASA has released the first full-frame high resolution photo of Pluto ever taken.

NASA released the first high resolution image of Pluto captured by its New Horizons spacecraft less than 24 hours before its historic flyby of the dwarf planet. The photo provides 1,000 times the detail of images captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

The image was captured from a distance of 476,000 miles from Pluto at approximately 4 p.m. EDT on July 13. It is the most detailed image of Pluto returned yet, and was the last photo of Pluto returned to Earth before the New Horizons spacecraft began preparing for its closest approach to the dwarf planet.

The image was captured in black and white by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager on the New Horizons spacecraft and combined with lower resolution color information from the spacecraft’s Ralph instrument acquired prior to July 13.

With a resolution of 4 km per pixel, the photo is about 1,000 times more detailed than the best images of Pluto returned by the Hubble Space Telescope.

The most detailed map of Pluto prior to the arrival of the New Horizons spacecraft captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, ...

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