First New Horizon images of Pluto’s surface

New Horizons / Pluto Surface

Discovering the frontier of Pluto has got to be one of my favorite things to date, from when we did the flyby in July, to receiving our very first pictures of Pluto. Well now, NASA finally got pictures of what the surface of Pluto actually looks like, and the photos are amazing. These images are the closest thing our human eyes have every got to seeing what the surface of Pluto really looks like. New Horizons ended up catching a glimpse of mountains, craters, and some glaciers too.

These close-up images, showing the diversity of terrain on Pluto, demonstrate the power of our robotic planetary explorers to return intriguing data to scientists back here on planet Earth. New Horizons thrilled us during the July flyby with the first close images of Pluto, and as the spacecraft transmits the treasure trove of images in its onboard memory back to us, we continue to be amazed by what we see” says John Grunsfeld. (direct quote from NASA)

If you’re unsure as to why we’ve just now received these images, to put it into simple terms, we’ve got terrible signal 3 billion miles away. Although we did the flyby in July, it has taken ages for New Horizons to send us back those photos. Better late than never, right?

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