Our last look at Pluto’s far side
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured our last, best and clearest look at Pluto’s far side, the side of the dwarf planet that always faces its large moon Charon, at a distance of 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers) from the dwarf planet on July 11, 2015.
The image shows four evenly-spaced dark spots. The spots seem to be connected to the dark belt in Pluto’s equatorial region. The large areas are estimated to be roughly 480 kilometers across, with irregular boundaries between light and dark terrain.
“The image is the last, best look that anyone will have of Pluto’s far side for decades to come,” said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, in a statement.