Pluto's ice crust, New Horizons image

Pluto's ice crust, New Horizons image

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

Caption: Pluto's ice crust. Composite satellite image showing the rugged icy cratered plains on the surface of the dwarf planet Pluto. Here, the layering in the walls of many craters can be seen. This is usually a sign of an important change in composition but here, it is unclear whether it is due to local, regional or global layering. Most of the craters seen here lie within the 250-kilometre-wide Burney Basin, whose outer rim or ring forms the line of hills or low mountains at bottom. Imaged by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on NASA's New Horizons interplanetary space probe.

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