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First color image of 2014 MU69 returned after the New Horizons flyby

First color image of 2014 MU69 returned after the New Horizons flyby

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First color image of 2014 MU69 returned after the New Horizons flyby
The left picture is a color image taken by New Horizons' Ralph MVIC instrument. The middle one is a LORRI image taken near the same time. The right image combines the two. It is an enhanced color image, featuring infrared, red, and blue channels. It was taken at a distance of 137,000 kilometers on 1 January 2019 at 04:08 UT, slightly more than an hour before closest approach. Note the reduced red coloring at the neck of the object.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about January 1, 2019

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