NASA's New Horizons Probe Nears Pluto, Releases First-Ever Color Picture

April 15, 2015 9:49 AM

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NASA's New Horizons Probe Nears Pluto, Releases First-Ever Color Picture

NASA released the first-ever color images of Pluto on Tuesday, captured by its New Horizons probe as the spacecraft continues its marathon journey to the remote dwarf planet. The picture, which was taken by the probe’s Ralph color imager last week, shows the rust-colored Pluto and its biggest moon, Charon, as little more than blurry specks.

But, NASA says it expects to deliver a much closer look soon. "Starting in May, Pluto will get the highest-resolution images ever, and it's going to get better every day from there," Cathy Olkin, a planetary scientist from the Southwest Research Institute, who is working on the mission, told NBC New...

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