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Pluto Dazzles in False Color

Pluto Dazzles in False Color

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New Horizons scientists use enhanced color images to detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. When close-up images are combined with color data from the Ralph instrument, it paints a new and surprising portrait of the dwarf planet. The “heart of the heart,” Sputnik Planum, is suggestive of a source region of ices. The two bluish-white “lobes” that extend to the southwest and northeast of the “heart” may represent exotic ices being transported away from Sputnik Planum.

Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view. The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers).


Alliance Member Comments
JKoulouris (Aug 30, 2015 at 9:13 AM):
Here we go ONE MORE TIME IAU/WGPSN (International Astronomical Union/ Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature) and PLUTO Task Force.... Hope You Have Your Plutonian System Surface Feature Themes and Suggested Names List Ready, because PLUTO, CHARON, NIX, and HYDRA are about to have a Family Re-Union straight from the Underworld of Ancient Mythology.

Eat Your Hearts Out THANATOS and HYPNOS.

Our Best Regards to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL), the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) , Lowell Observatory , and the NASA and Jet Propulsion (JPL) Teams for a Task WELL DONE, and to CICLOPS and the Global Community.

John A. Koulouris, (Esq.)
Planetary Cartographer, Researcher and Author,
Laval, Canada.

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