NASA has taken more than 100 images taken over the course of six weeks during the mission and edited them together to make a video of a simulated landing. The probe originally sent back photos in black and white, so the team figured out the colours of Pluto based on spectroscopic data and edited the images to get the best visual of the dwarf planet. READ MORE
“By using high-resolution images taken between 6 August 2014 and 17 March 2015 to study the layers of material seen all over the nucleus, they have shown that the shape arose from a low-speed collision between two fully fledged, separately formed comets. “
The downloading of images from the New Horizons spacecraft began over the Labour Day weekend.
The detail is incredible, click on this image of Charon. you won’t believe the resolution. The smallest visible feature is just a bit under 5km in size.
” Images downlinked in the past few days have more than doubled the amount of Pluto’s surface seen at resolutions as good as 400 meters (440 yards) per pixel. They reveal new features as diverse as possible dunes, nitrogen ice flows that apparently oozed out of mountainous regions onto plains, and even networks of valleys that may have been carved by material flowing over Pluto’s surface. They also show large regions that display chaotically jumbled mountains reminiscent of disrupted terrains on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa.”