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New Hi-Res Pluto Image

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posted on Sep, 26 2015 @ 04:41 AM
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Posting this image for everyone's appreciation:



Detail (at 50% scale)


Strange that ATS hasn't exploded with the buzz over this image yet.

www.nasa.gov...

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC). Pluto’s surface sports a remarkable range of subtle colors, enhanced in this view to a rainbow of pale blues, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. Many landforms have their own distinct colors, telling a complex geological and climatological story that scientists have only just begun to decode. The image resolves details and colors on scales as small as 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers). The viewer is encouraged to zoom in on the full resolution image on a larger screen to fully appreciate the complexity of Pluto’s surface features.




posted on Sep, 26 2015 @ 04:49 AM
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Holy, it's 67mb image, damn!



posted on Sep, 26 2015 @ 05:20 AM
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originally posted by: xoenneox
Holy, it's 67mb image, damn!

I've uploaded the image to Gigapan for easier viewing and exploration.

www.gigapan.com...



posted on Oct, 1 2015 @ 01:04 PM
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As well as giving us that fantastic and very detailed (enhanced) colour view of Pluto, the Ralph/MVIC camera gave us this great view of Pluto's moon Charon: www.nasa.gov...




NASA's New Horizons captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Charon just before closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the spacecraft’s Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC); the colors are processed to best highlight the variation of surface properties across Charon. Charon’s color palette is not as diverse as Pluto’s; most striking is the reddish north (top) polar region, informally named Mordor Macula. Charon is 754 miles (1,214 kilometers) across; this image resolves details as small as 1.8 miles (2.9 kilometers).
Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI



posted on Oct, 1 2015 @ 01:07 PM
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a reply to: wildespace

Hmmmmmm.....(cool pic btw!)

I wonder what all that material up there is?



posted on Oct, 1 2015 @ 02:23 PM
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originally posted by: eriktheawful
a reply to: wildespace

Hmmmmmm.....(cool pic btw!)

I wonder what all that material up there is?


The material is mostly forzen gasses like methane and nitrogen, with some mineral dust. The outer Solar System (including Pluto and its moons) is very icy, in contast to the rocky/metallic composition of Earth and other terrestrial planets.



posted on Oct, 1 2015 @ 02:27 PM
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a reply to: wildespace

Oh I know it's more than likely frozen gases, was just wondering what would be giving it that red/brown look. I'm thinking it might be a mixture of minerals of some sort, from down inside Charon, considering it looks like an ancient impact area.



posted on Oct, 1 2015 @ 04:08 PM
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originally posted by: eriktheawful
a reply to: wildespace

Oh I know it's more than likely frozen gases, was just wondering what would be giving it that red/brown look. I'm thinking it might be a mixture of minerals of some sort, from down inside Charon, considering it looks like an ancient impact area.


The red-ish colouring is from tholins, complex hydrocarbons that formed under the solar and cosmic radiation.



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