Latest New Horizons’ images focus on Pluto’s icy plains

NASA has released more stunning images from the New Horizons spacecraft of the remarkable varied surface of Pluto. The latest are the highest-resolution yet of a long strip through the plane dubbed named Sputnik Planum that forms the left side of Pluto’s “heart”.

The pictures are part of a sequence taken near New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto, with resolutions of about 77-85 metres per pixel.

The complete image below 80 kilometres wide and more than 700 kilometres long from the northwestern shoreline of Sputnik Planum and out across its icy plains.

The image above is a close-up of the lower section of this strip.

Icy plain 2 scaled

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