NASA Set to Unveil New Pluto Images Today

Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015 when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto on July 14. The color image has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument that was acquired earlier on July 13. This view is dominated by the large, bright feature informally named the “heart,” which measures approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across. The heart borders darker equatorial terrains, and the mottled terrain to its east (right) are complex. However, even at this resolution, much of the heart’s interior appears remarkably featureless—possibly a sign of ongoing geologic processes. (Credits: NASA/APL/SwRI)
Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015 when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto on July 14. The color image has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument that was acquired earlier on July 13. This view is dominated by the large, bright feature informally named the “heart,” which measures approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across. The heart borders darker equatorial terrains, and the mottled terrain to its east (right) are complex. However, even at this resolution, much of the heart’s interior appears remarkably featureless—possibly a sign of ongoing geologic processes. (Credits: NASA/APL/SwRI)

New Horizons scientists are spending this morning downloading data off the spacecraft after its close flyby of Pluto. They plan to unveil new images of the dwarf planet at a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. EDT (12:00 p.m. PDT). These images will be many times better than what were published prior to the flyby. The press conference will air live on NASA TV.

  • Snofru Chufu

    It looks as presents Pluto (and also Charon) unexpected scientific terrain to us.
    What makes it surface so young a fresh? How heat is produced or stored insight
    so long in such small bodies? Which processes did produce 3.5 km high mountains? Is there an ocean insight Pluto?

    Thank you, Alan Stern for your pertinence to make the idea of that mission a
    real thing.