New Horizons’ Best Photo of Pluto’s Surface
This mosaic strip photo of Pluto‘s surface is the most detailed view of it’s terrain you’ll see for a very long time.
The photo was taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft and extends across the dwarf planet’s hemisphere as it flew past on July 14, 2015.
“This new image product is just magnetic,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado. “It makes me want to go back on another mission to Pluto and get high-resolution images like these across the entire surface.”
The width of the strip ranges from more than 55 miles (90 kilometers) at its northern end to about 45 miles (75 kilometers) at its southern point. The perspective changes greatly along the strip: at its northern end, the view looks out horizontally across the surface, while at its southern end, the view looks straight down onto the surface.