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Pluto might be billions of miles from the Earth, but that doesn’t stop it from getting into the Christmas spirit. 🎄⁣
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This image was produced by the New Horizons composition team, using a pair of Ralph/LEISA instrument scans. Three infrared wavelength ranges were placed into the three color channels (red, green and blue, respectively) to create this false color Christmas portrait of the dwarf planet.⁣
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Image Credit: NASA/@johnshopkinsapl/@souhwestresearchinstitute
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Pluto might be billions of miles from the Earth, but that doesn’t stop it from getting into the Chri...
Even from three billion miles away, Pluto still knows how to be romantic. 
On Jul. 13, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft sent us this love note of one of Pluto's most dominant features. The “heart,” estimated to be 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across at its widest point, rests just above the equator. (The angle of view displays mostly the northern hemisphere.) The heart’s diameter is about the same distance as from Denver to Chicago, in America’s heartland.

New Horizons traveled nearly a decade to receive its summer valentine, launching on Jan. 19, 2006 — and is still collecting important data for us. On New Year’s Day 2019, New Horizons flew by the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft: Ultima Thule.

Tag someone you want to pass this Pluto Valentine onto! ❤️ Credits: NASA/APL/SwRI
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Even from three billion miles away, Pluto still knows how to be romantic. On Jul. 13, 2015, the New...
The origins of giant knife blades of ice found on Pluto by our New Horizons spacecraft were a mystery to scientists…but not any more! They now believe the structures are made almost entirely of methane ice, likely formed as a specific kind of erosion that wore away their surfaces. These jagged geological ridges are found at the highest altitudes on Pluto’s surface, near its equator, and can soar many hundreds of feet into the sky – as high as a New York City skyscraper.

Similar structures can be found in high-altitude snowfields along Earth’s equator, though on a very different scale than the blades on Pluto. The terrestrial structures, called penitentes, are snow formations just a few meters high, with striking similarities to the vastly larger bladed terrain on Pluto. Swipe to see the Earth comparison!

Image 1 Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
Image 2 Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ESO

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The origins of giant knife blades of ice found on Pluto by our New Horizons spacecraft were a myster...
It has been two years since our New Horizons spacecraft completed the historic #PlutoFlyby. Billions of miles from Earth (yes…billions!), the spacecraft is now on its way deeper into the Kuiper Belt – a disc-shaped region of icy bodies and comets beyond the orbit of Neptune. 
In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons – amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds’ icy terrain might be like. Wonder no more! Using actual spacecraft data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientits have created flyover movies that offer new perspectives of the many unusual features that were discovered and which have reshaped our views of the Pluto system – from a vantage point even closer than the spacecraft itself! 
Take a ride with us over these celestial bodies… 
Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Paul Schenk and John Blackwell, Lunar Planetary Institute 
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It has been two years since our New Horizons spacecraft completed the historic #PlutoFlyby. Billions...
What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie was made from more than 100 images taken by ours New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015. The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto -- starting with a distant view of Pluto -- and leading up to an eventual ride in for a "landing" on the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planitia. 
After a 9.5-year voyage covering more than three billion miles, New Horizons flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, coming within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto. Carrying powerful telescopic cameras that could spot features smaller than a football field, New Horizons sent back hundreds of images of Pluto and its moons that show how dynamic and fascinating their surfaces are. 
Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

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What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie was made from more than 100 images taken...
Who would have thought that Pluto is a graffiti artist, spray-painting one of its moons, Charon, with a reddish stain that covers an area the size of New Mexico?

Charon’s polar coloring comes from Pluto itself – methane gas that escapes from Pluto’s atmosphere becomes “trapped” by the moon’s gravity and freezes to the cold, icy surface at the moon’s pole. This is followed by chemical processing by ultraviolet light from the sun that transforms the methane into reddish organic materials called tholins.

In June 2015, when the cameras on the approaching New Horizons spacecraft first spotted the large reddish polar region on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, mission scientists knew two things: they’d never seen anything like it elsewhere in our solar system, and they couldn’t wait to get the story behind it. The team has now combined analyses from detailed Charon images obtained by New Horizons with computer models of how ice evolves on Charon’s poles. 
New Horizons captured this enhanced color view of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, just before closest approach on July 14, 2015.

Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
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Who would have thought that Pluto is a graffiti artist, spray-painting one of its moons, Charon, wit...
Happy anniversary! One year ago today, our New Horizons mission made history by exploring Pluto and its moons - giving humankind our first close-up look at this fascinating world on the frontier of our solar system. Since those amazing days in July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft has transmitted numerous images and many other kinds of data home for scientists and the public alike to study, analyze, and just plain love. Our view of this cold, previously unexplored world, 4.67 billion miles from Earth, has evolved since its discovery by Clyde W. Tombaugh in 1930. These short clips and images are from Tombaugh, Hubble and New Horizons over the years, arranged to illustrate improvements in resolution.

Credit: NASA

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Happy anniversary! One year ago today, our New Horizons mission made history by exploring Pluto and...
The Jagged Shores of Pluto’s Highlands: This enhanced color view from our New Horizons spacecraft zooms in on the southeastern portion of Pluto’s great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula. 
Pluto is believed to get its dark red color from tholins, complex molecules found across much of the surface. Krun Macula rises 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) above the surrounding plain – informally named Sputnik Planum – and is scarred by clusters of connected, roughly circular pits that typically reach between 5 and 8 miles (8 and 13 kilometers) across, and up to 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) deep.

At the boundary with Sputnik Planum, these pits form deep valleys reaching more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) long, 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) wide and almost 2 miles (3 kilometers) deep – almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in Arizona – and have floors covered with nitrogen ice.  New Horizons scientists think these pits may have formed through surface collapse, although what may have prompted such a collapse is a mystery. 
This scene was created using three separate observations made by New Horizons in July 2015. 
Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
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The Jagged Shores of Pluto’s Highlands: This enhanced color view from our New Horizons spacecraft zo...
The Dark Side of Pluto: Our New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle –that is, with the sun on the other side of Pluto, as viewed by New Horizons. Seen here, sunlight filters through and illuminates Pluto’s complex atmospheric haze layers. The southern portions of the nitrogen ice plains informally named Sputnik Planum, as well as mountains of the informally named Norgay Montes, can also be seen across Pluto’s crescent at the top of the image. 
The image was obtained by New Horizons’ Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC) approximately 13,400 miles (21,550 kilometers) from Pluto, about 19 minutes after New Horizons’ closest approach. The image has a resolution of 1,400 feet (430 meters) per pixel.  Pluto’s diameter is 1,475 miles (2,374 kilometers). Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
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The Dark Side of Pluto: Our New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few min...
Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole: This ethereal scene captured by our New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto's diversity of geological and compositional features-this time in an enhanced color image of the north polar area. Long canyons run vertically across the polar area. The widest of the canyons is about 45 miles (75 kilometers) wide and runs close to the north pole. The degraded walls of these canyons appear to be much older than the more sharply defined canyon systems elsewhere on Pluto, perhaps because the polar canyons are older and made of weaker material. These canyons also appear to represent evidence for an ancient period of tectonics. 
Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

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Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole: This ethereal scene captured by our New Horizons spacecraft te...
Christmas Pluto: Pluto gets into the holiday spirit, decked out in red and green. This image was produced by the New Horizons composition team, using a pair of scans obtained at approximately 9:40 a.m. on July 14, from a mean range of 67,000 miles (108,000 kilometers). Three infrared wavelength ranges were placed into the three color channels (red, green and blue, respectively) to create this false color Christmas portrait.

Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

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Christmas Pluto: Pluto gets into the holiday spirit, decked out in red and green. This image was pro...