PLUTO’S SURFACE SEEN IN NASA MOSAIC

Video released by NASA on Friday (May 27) combines images taken of Pluto by the New Horizons space probe into a single view of the celestial body’s surface.

The resulting mosaic uses the “highest-resolution” photographs taken by the probe during its flyby of the so-called dwarf planet in July.

“With a resolution of about 260 feet (80 metres) per pixel, the mosaic affords New Horizons scientists and the public the best opportunity to examine the fine details of the various types of terrain on Pluto, and determine the processes that formed and shaped them,” the space agency said in a written statement.

The terrain visible in the mosaic varies from blocky mountains and craters to ice plains of frozen nitrogen.

New Horizons was the first interplanetary space probe to visit Pluto and its five moons.

REUTERS

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