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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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