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Destination Pluto: NASA's New Horizons Mission in Pictures

Charon, July 12, 2015

NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

New Horizons spacecraft captured Pluto's moon, Charon, on July 12 from a distance of 1.6 million miles (2.5 million kilometers).

Pluto Seen by New Horizons, July 11, 2015

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

Image of Pluto captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 11, 2015. The photo shows linear features that may be cliffs, as well as a large circular feature that could be an impact crater.

Pluto Seen by New Horizons, July 11, 2015 (Annotated)

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

Annotated version of the Pluto photo taken by New Horizons on July 11, 2015, showing linear features that may be cliffs, as well as a large circular feature that could be an impact crater.

Pluto and Charon compared to Earth

NASA

Graphic showing how Pluto and Charon would appear if placed slightly above Earth's surface and viewed from a great distance. Recent measurements by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reveal indicate that Pluto has a diameter of 2370 kilometers, 18.5 percent that of Earth, while Charon has a diameter of 1208 km, 9.5 percent that of Earth.

Charon's Craters and Chasms

NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

This photo of Charon, taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 11, 2015, highlights the big Pluto moon’s intriguing dark polar cap and shows probable craters and canyons as well.

Signs of Geology on Pluto

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

Signs of geology are evident in this photo of Pluto captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 9, 2015, from a distance of 3.3 million miles (5.4 million kilometers).

Charon's Craters and Chasms (Annotated)

NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Annotated version of the Charon image captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 11, 2015.

Signs of Geology on Pluto (Annotated)

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

Annotated version of the Pluto image taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 9, 2015.

High-Resolution Views of Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons

NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

These high-resolution views of Pluto were by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, obtained between July 1 and 3, 2015. [Read the full story.]

New Horizons Spacecraft Flying by Pluto

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

An artist's depiction of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flying by Pluto. A fleet of NASA probes across the solar system will track the encounter on July 14, 2015.

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