New Hori­zons has ac­quired colour im­ages of Plu­to

New Hori­zons has ac­quired colour im­ages of Plu­to
Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI).

New Horizons has acquired colour images of Pluto

On 14 Ju­ly 2015, the NASA New Hori­zons space­craft will fly past the dwarf plan­et Plu­to. Al­ready from 15 mil­lion kilo­me­tres away, im­ages ac­quired by the LOR­RI in­stru­ment on board New Hori­zons, which were com­bined with colour in­for­ma­tion from the Ralph cam­era sys­tem, show a sur­pris­ing num­ber of de­tails on the sur­face of Plu­to and its com­pan­ion, the moon Charon. Plu­to has a di­am­e­ter of ap­prox­i­mate­ly 2380 kilo­me­tres; Charon is about 1200 kilo­me­tres across. The im­ages were ac­quired be­tween 23 and 29 June 2015.

On 14 July 2015, the NASA New Horizons spacecraft will fly past the dwarf planet Pluto. Already from 15 million kilometres away, images acquired by the LORRI instrument on board New Horizons, which were combined with colour information from the Ralph camera system, show a surprising number of details on the surface of Pluto and its companion, the moon Charon. Pluto has a diameter of approximately 2380 kilometres; Charon is about 1200 kilometres across. The images were acquired between 23 and 29 June 2015.

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