Everyone’s Perplexed By The Latest Pluto Images

Video highlights from Mission Pluto

NASA calls the pictures “both dazzling and mystifying”

The latest high-resolution images from NASA’s New Horizons really have people talking.

The stunning pictures reveal a multitude of previously unseen topographic and compositional details.

The first image shows a strange, almost snakeskin-like landscape. Mountains with patterns of blue/grey and red are seen rising along the line that separates day from night.

Next, the most detailed colour map of Pluto ever made. The image was created using recent pictures returned from New Horizon’s Ralph camera laid onto a base map of images from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager.

The Long Range Reconnaissance Imager was also used to take the below image just before New Horizon’s closest approach to Pluto. NASA says the picture reveals “features that resemble dunes, the older shoreline of a shrinking glacial ice lake, and fractured, angular water ice mountains with sheer cliffs.”

The fourth and final image shows the sharpest details to date of Pluto’s terrain, displaying two isolated ice mountains surrounding by a flat landscape.

Learn more about New Horizons here.

Image credits: NASA

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