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Raw image of Pluto and Charon, June 22, 2015

Raw image of Pluto and Charon, June 22, 2015

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Björn Jónsson

Raw image of Pluto and Charon, June 22, 2015
A stacked and sharpened version of four images captured on June 22 from a distance of 26.8 million kilometers. Björn Jónsson says about this image: "The dark feature very near or at Pluto's pole continues to be visible and I continue to suspect it to be a small, dark polar cap. The bright terrain continues to look mottled (which it didn't a few days ago in lower-res images) and these features are probably at least partially real. The dark spot near the right limb at ~(203,354) is definitely a real feature and the brighter spot next to it is probably real as well. Charon is now showing lots of interesting details. In particular the small, 'bright' spot near the center of Charon's disc is a real feature but its brightness relative to the darker terrain is exaggerated here."

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Original image data dated on or about June 22, 2015

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