Let’s (re)visit Pluto with NASA’s mosaic
Recently, NASA shared some stunning pictures of our planet, most of them coming directly from the International Space Station. Today, NASA gives us the possibility to take a closer look at Pluto. Actually, according to NASA : “This is the most detailed view of Pluto’s terrain you’ll see for a very long time.“
A mosaic stripe (which can be viewed directly following this link) 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. 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, thanks to a resolution of about 80 meters (260 feet) per pixel !
“This new image product is just magnetic” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado. “It makes me want to go back on another mission to Pluto and get high-resolution images like these across the entire surface.” Below, a Youtube clip that moves down the mosaic from top to bottom, offering new views of many of Pluto’s distinct landscapes along the way.
The pictures in the mosaic were obtained by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) approximately 9,850 miles (15,850 kilometers) from Pluto, about 23 minutes before New Horizons’ closest approach.