|dethalternate||Date: Thursday, 07-May-2015, 12:24 PM | Message # 1|
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This image of Pluto and it largest moon, Charon, was taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on April 15, 2015. The image is part of several taken between April 12-18, as the spacecraft’s distance from Pluto decreased from about 69 million miles to 64 million miles.
NASA’s New Horizons probe has picked up a bright spot on Pluto’s surface that may indicate a polar ice cap, as it zooms towards its close flyby this summer.
The latest images from the almost-decade long mission have started to show surface details of the mysterious dwarf planet, which has only been pictured before by telescopes.
These pictures were taken in early and mid-April from within 70 million miles of the planet, using the probe’s telescopic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI). After New Horizons beamed the images back home, the NASA team used a technique called image deconvolution to sharpen the raw, unprocessed pics.
The images show broad surface markings on Pluto, some bright and some dark, including a bright area at one pole that might be a polar cap.
Read more/full article/source - http://www.forbes.com/sites....n-pluto