New Horizons’ Extreme Close-Up of Pluto’s Surface (no audio)
This is the most detailed view of Pluto’s terrain you’ll see for a very
long time. This mosaic strip – extending across the hemisphere that
faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015
– now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA
probe. With a resolution of about 260 feet (80 meters) per pixel, the
mosaic affords New Horizons scientists and the public the best
opportunity to examine the fine details of the various types of terrain
on Pluto, and determine the processes that formed and shaped them.
width of the strip ranges from more than 55 miles (90 kilometers) at
its northern end to about 45 miles (75 kilometers) at its southern
point. The pictures in the mosaic were obtained by New Horizons’ Long
Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) approximately 9,850 miles (15,850
kilometers) from Pluto, shortly before New Horizons’ closest approach.