The Color of Pluto

As the New Horizons spacecraft approaches the once-planet of Pluto, we are getting first glimpses of the icy planetoid in¬†detail–well, sort of.¬†While this might not be science happening in the actual state of Michigan, people are certainly interested in it.

This image was taken on July 3rd, 2015 from a paltry distance of 7.8 million miles by New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI). The color coding was accomplished with data from other instruments on the spacecraft.

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Color version of the July 3 LORRI image was created by adding color data from the Ralph instrument gathered earlier in the mission. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Are you interested in learning a bit more about the New Horizons mission? We recently covered a fun video explaining the The Wait: New Horizons at Pluto.(NASA)

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