Getting upclose and personal with Pluto

Composite colour image of the dwarf planet Pluto
Composite colour image of the dwarf planet Pluto

The last few weeks have been monumental for NASA, including the New Horizons spacecraft making its closest approach ever to the dwarf planet Pluto on July 14th.

This composite picture of Pluto was put together using four different  images taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on New Horizons and colour data from a different instrument. The pictures were taken when the spacecraft was about 450,000 kilometers from Pluto and have a resolution of 2.2 kilometers.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedintumblrmail