25 Breathtaking Images Of Pluto You’ve Never Seen Before Until Now

Until now, images of pluto have been lacking on the quality side. Located in the Kuiper Belt, a region of the Solar System beyond the planets, Pluto is a dwarf planet made of ice and rock. Until 1992, it was considered the ninth planet from the Sun but after several similar objects were discovered, Pluto was reclassified as a member of the new dwarf planet category. As Pluto was the most distant planet (it lies 4.3 to 7.5 billion kilometers or 2.7 to 4.7 billion miles from Earth, depending on Pluto´s current position on its extremely tilted orbit), it remains one of the least explored and understood objects in the Solar System. You might know it has five moons – Charon (the largest, with a diameter just over half that of Pluto), Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra and you might even be aware of these 25 curious facts about Pluto but more than that is hard to analyze. Astronomers and scientists have figured out some other characteristics of the dwarf planet such as information about its orbit, size, geology, atmosphere etc. but compared to some closer planets, Pluto is still very mysterious. However, this may change soon. In July 2015, the New Horizons became the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto. During its brief flyby, the spacecraft made detailed measurements and observations of Pluto and its moons. It also took tens of unique images, giving the scientists and the public an unprecedented view of this mysterious world. Take a peek into this amazing world through these 25 Breathtaking Images Of Pluto You’ve Never Seen Before Until Now.

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Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this sharper global view of Pluto.

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One of the latest high-resolution images of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

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Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, the 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.

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This picture illustrates the incredible diversity of surface reflectivities and geological landforms on the dwarf planet.

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New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains.

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