New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto’s ‘Heart’
Sputnik Planum (20 km across) - located in the heart of the "heart" of Pluto. Icy plains with features similar to mud cracks. May result from surface contraction OR convection within "surface layer of frozen carbon monoxide, methane and nitrogen"
New Pluto Images Reveal a Planet That's Stunningly Alive
Four images from New Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) combine with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this sharper global view of Pluto. The spacecraft obtained the images at a distance of miles kilometers). Image released July
Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view of Pluto. (The lower right edge of Pluto in this view currently lacks high-resolution color coverage.) The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers), twice the resolution of the single-image view taken on July 13. Credits…