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Destination Pluto: NASA's New Horizons Mission in Pictures

Informal Names for Features on Pluto’s Moon Charon

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Image showing the provisional names being used by the New Horizons team for features on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. These monikers have not yet been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Pluto's Moon Charon Global Map

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

The science team of NASA's New Horizons mission produced a global map of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. Image released July 30, 2015.

Global Map of Pluto (With Grid)

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

The science team of NASA’s New Horizons mission produced an updated global map of dwarf planet Pluto. Image released July 27, 2015.

Global Map of Pluto (Without Grid)

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

The science team of NASA’s New Horizons mission produced an updated global map of dwarf planet Pluto. Image released July 27, 2015.

Global Mosaic of Pluto Shown in True Color

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) combine with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this sharper global view of Pluto. The spacecraft obtained the images at a distance of 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers). Image released July 24, 2015.

Pluto's Flowing Ices

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

New Horizons space probe discovered flowing ices in Pluto’s heart-shaped feature, as shown by the swirling patterns. Image released July 24, 2015.

Pluto's Hazy Atmosphere

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Pluto’s atmosphere around the planet in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 15, 2015, from a distance of about 1.25 million miles (2 million kilometers). Image released July 24, 2015.

Pluto and Charon Shown in Natural Color

NASA/JUAPL/SwRI

Pluto and Charon appear in a composite of natural-color images obtained by New Horizons space probe on July 13 and 14, 2015. Image released July 24, 2015.

Pluto in False Color

NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

This view of Pluto and its icy heart is actually a false color image that combines color data and image data from two different instruments to create a view that highlights the subtle differences in terrain on the dwarf planet. This image was released on July 23, 2015. Read the full story here.

Frozen Plains of Pluto

NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

NASA's New Horizons space probe obtained this image of the frozen plains of Pluto, released during a press briefing held on July 17, 2015, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. [See our complete coverage.]

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