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“Breathtaking” Hi-Res Photos Of Pluto (Video)

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By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Dec. 5, 2015 –It doesn’t get any better than this: NASA has just released the highest-resolution photos ever taken of Pluto.

New photos published Friday represent the first of the highest-resolution images taken of Pluto during New Horizons’ close flyby of the dwarf planet in July 2015. The images have a resolution of about 250 to 280 feet per pixel which means that the pictures reveal “features less than half the size of a city block”, according to NASA.

“These new images give us a breathtaking, super-high resolution window into Pluto’s geology,” New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, said in a statement. “Nothing of this quality was available for Venus or Mars until decades after their first flybys; yet at Pluto we’re there already – down among the craters, mountains and ice fields – less than five months after flyby! The science we can do with these images is simply unbelievable.”

It will take New Horizons a bit more than a year to beam home the wealth of data it collected during its close flyby of Pluto.

A new mosaic hits all the surprising high (and low points) of the Plutonian terrain as hinted at in earlier, lower resolution image downlinks.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0xkupKwjfM

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