New Horizons Mission Update – July 14, 2015 (Evening) NASA officials and team members of the New Horizons mission to Pluto participate in a status update of the spacecraft and its suite of instruments during New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto on July 14. The news briefing was broadcast from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, site of the mission operations center.
This recently received panchromatic image of Pluto’s small satellite Nix taken by the Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) aboard New Horizons is one of the best images of Pluto’s third-largest moon generated by the NASA mission. Taken on July 14 at a range of about 14,000 miles (23,000 kilometers) from Nix, the illuminated surface is about 12 miles (19 kilometers) by 29 miles (47 kilometers).
Clicking on the graphic above loads a 1:10 scale version of the full resolution map just published of the surface of Pluto based on imagery acquired by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft 7-14 July 2015. A link to the full resolution image for high-specification desktop computers with RAM to spare is included in the article below. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute.
Speeding away from Pluto just seven hours after its July 14 closest approach, the New Horizons spacecraft looked back and captured this spectacular image of Pluto’s atmosphere, backlit by the sun. The image reveals layers of haze that are several times higher than scientists predicted. Capturing sunlight streaming through the atmosphere and revealing hazes as high as 80 miles above Pluto’s surface.
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New Preliminary Maps of Pluto: Map 2 | NASA New Horizons Following New Horizons’ history-making sweep past Pluto on July 14, 2015, the mission has released maps of Pluto with preliminary designations for the features found on this distant world. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/ Southwest Research Institute +NASA New Horizons +Johns Hopkins University
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