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New Horizons Pluto

#Pluto at Night | The night side of Pluto spans this shadowy scene. The space based view with the Sun behind the distant world was captured by New Horizons last July. The spacecraft was at a range of over 21,000 kilometers, about 19 minutes after its closest approach. A denizen of the Kuiper Belt in dramatic silhouette, the image also reveals Pluto's tenuous, surprisingly complex layers of hazy atmosphere.


How the Pull of an Icy “Heart” Sent Pluto’s Poles Wandering - Using New Horizons data, scientists determine that the erstwhile planet has a more dynamic past than we thought. Pluto tends to get a reputation for being a frozen, changeless wasteland. But it now seems that an ice-filled basin on the dwarf planet's surface could actually control the rotation of the entire dwarf planet, according to 2 new studies published today...

von PBS NewsHour

Pluto's heart may conceal an ocean

Sputnik Planitia, the western lobe of Pluto’s icy “heart,” is a giant basin that probably formed from a powerful impact northwest of its present location. It reoriented to is current position near Pluto’s equator as its basin filled with volatile ices, potentially aided by the upwellings of a subsurface ocean deep within the dwarf planet. Photo by James Tuttle Keane

von Forbes

NASA's New Horizons Unveils Its Masterpiece: Pluto's Interior!

Only 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured this near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto’s horizon. The smooth expanse of the informally named icy plain Sputnik Planum (right) is flanked on the left by rugged mountains up to 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) high, including the informally named Norgay Montes in the foreground and Hillary Montes on the…


Twilight on Pluto: amazing images show ice mountains as night falls

Nasa's New Horizons captured this incredible image of twilight on Pluto