Pluto’s Sputnik Planum

This high-resolution image was captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on its Pluto flyby in 2015, combining blue, red, and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC). The bright region in the west is part of Pluto’s “heart”, and is rich in nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and methane ices.

Credit:

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

About the Image

Id:
iau1702a
Type:
Observation
Release date:
23 February 2017, 15:00
Related releases:
iau1702
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1180 x 766 px

About the Object

Type:
Solar System : Planet
Category:
Press Release Images


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