Charon, New Horizons image

Charon, New Horizons image

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Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: New Horizons image of Pluto's largest moon Charon, taken at a distance of 466,000 kilometres. This image reveals some details of Charon's surface for the first time, including a canyon estimated to be 7 to 9 kilometres deep along the edge at top right. From left to right are a series of cliffs and troughs stretching 1000 kilometres that are probably a result of internal processes. The relative lack of craters across the surface also suggest recent geologic activity on the moon. New Horizons has spent nine and a half years travelling the nearly five billion kilometres to Pluto. Image obtained by the spacecraft's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on 13th July 2015 and combined with colour data from the Ralph instrument.

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Keywords: 13 july 2015, 2000s, 2010s, 21st century, astronomical, astronomy, black background, canyon, charon, crevasse, exploration, geological, geology, long range reconnaissance imager, lorri, minor planet, moon, new horizons, no-one, nobody, planetary science, ralph, solar system, space, surface, topographical, topography

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