New high-res picture of Pluto

NASA released a new high resolution photo of Pluto’s surface this week.  (Make sure you zoom in!)  The photo has a resolution of about 260 feet and is a composite of a number of photos taken during New Horizon‘s July 2015 flyby.

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Photo Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

 

As a result of this fly-by we have learned that the surface of the planet is covered with ices – made of nitrogen, ammonia, and methane.  We’ve also learned that Pluto is currently geologically active and may even contain active ice volcanoes!

 

For more information:

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-horizons-best-close-up-of-plutos-surface

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-picture-pluto-refined-months-horizons.html

http://www.nature.com/news/pluto-s-massive-mountains-hint-at-geological-mysteries-1.17986

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