Pluto’s First Color Portrait From the New Horizons Probe

April 14, 2015 11:54 PM

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Pluto is over 3 billion miles away from Earth, smaller than the moon, has an average surface temperature over 200 degrees below freezing (in Celsius!), and isn’t even really a “planet” anymore, technically. But pretty soon you’re going to be able to see the little bugger up close and in color. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft just sent back its first color image of the dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon. It’s a blurry glow taken from 71 million miles away, but it’s a sight to behold nonetheless.

NASA launched New Horizons in 2006 to study Pluto and other objects in the Kuiper belt—the Solar System beyond Neptune, from about 2.5 to 4.5 billion miles from the sun. New Horizons already snapped some epic images of Jupiter back in 2006 and 2007. And on July 14, the spacecraft will fly past Pluto...

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