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Close-up of Pluto, New Horizons image

Close-up of Pluto, New Horizons image

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NASA / JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY / SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA / JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY / SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Close-up of the surface of the dwarf planet Pluto taken by the New Horizons spacecraft at a distance of 770,000 kilometres. Seen here for the first time is a range of icy mountains that extend up to 3,500 metres above Pluto's surface. They are thought to be no older than 100 million years and may still be in the process of building, suggesting that the area is still geologically active today. The area seen here is near Pluto's equator. Image obtained by the spacecraft's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on 14th July 2015.

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