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New Horizons' first high-resolution view of Charon

Filed under trans-neptunian objects, New Horizons, pretty pictures, Charon, dwarf planets beyond Neptune

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New Horizons' first high-resolution view of Charon This high-resolution image of an area on Pluto's largest moon Charon contains a depression with a peak in the middle, shown here in the upper left corner of the inset. The image shows an area approximately 390 kilometers from top to bottom, including few visible craters. This image is heavily compressed; sharper versions are anticipated when the full-fidelity data from are returned to Earth. The image was taken at 10:30 UTC on July 14, 2015, about 1.5 hours before closest approach to Pluto, from a range of 79,000 kilometers.


Original image data dated on or about July 14, 2015.

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


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