New Horizons' First Color Photo of Pluto Is One Awe-Inspiring Blur
So that’s Pluto and its Texas-sized moon, Charon from a distance of about 71 million miles. Not a bad shot all things considered. But the New Horizons probe, on its way closer right now, will be upping its photo-taking game in July. Then we’ll get to see some actual surface features.
The View from New Horizons: A Full Day on Pluto-Charon
This time-lapse “movie” of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was recently shot at record-setting distances with the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. The movie was made over about a week, from Jan. 25-31, 2015.