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Mountains on Pluto, New Horizons image

Mountains on 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

Mountains on Pluto. Satellite image of the dwarf planet Pluto, looking over the smooth expanse of the Sputnik Planum (right), which is flanked to the west (left) by rugged mountains rising up to 3,500 metres high. These mountains include Norgay Montes (foreground) and Hillary Montes (on the skyline). The backlighting highlights more than a dozen layers of haze in Pluto's atmosphere. This image covers around 380 kilometres across. Imaged by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on 14th July 2015, from a distance of 18,000 kilometres.

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