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Sputnik Planum region of Pluto, New Horizons image

Sputnik Planum region 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

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Sputnik Planum region of Pluto, New Horizons image. Shaded relief view of the region surrounding the left side of Pluto's heart-shaped feature, informally named Sputnik Planum. This vast expanse of ice is on average 3 kilometres lower than the surrounding terrain. Angular blocks of water ice along the western edge of Sputnik Planum can be seen 'floating' in softer, denser solid nitrogen. North is up and the total relief in the scene is approximately 6 kilometres from the lowest to the highest features. This image was produced from digital analysis of stereo images acquired by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) during the flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft on 14 July 2015.

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