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New Horizons spies Pluto and Charon, July 2014

New Horizons spies Pluto and Charon, July 2014

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New Horizons spies Pluto and Charon, July 2014
This animation of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken by New Horizons spacecraft as it traveled toward Pluto in July 2014. Covering almost one full rotation of Charon around Pluto, the 12 images that make up the movie were taken July 19-24 with the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) at distances ranging from about 429 million to 422 million kilometers.

 

Here is a simulation showing the behavior of the two worlds around their barycenter:

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 July 24, 2014

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