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Color global portrait of Charon from Ralph MVIC

Color global portrait of Charon from Ralph MVIC

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Color global portrait of Charon from Ralph MVIC
New Horizons captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Charon just before closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the spacecraft's Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC); the colors are processed to best highlight the variation of surface properties across Charon. Charon's color palette is not as diverse as Pluto's; most striking is the reddish north (top) polar region. Charon is 1,214 kilometers across; this image resolves details as small as 2.9 kilometers.

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Original image data dated on or about July 14, 2015

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