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Comparison between 1994 and 2002-3 maps of Pluto

Comparison between 1994 and 2002-3 maps of Pluto

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NASA / ESA / M. Buie (SwRI) / animation by Emily Lakdawalla

Comparison between 1994 and 2002-3 maps of Pluto
This animation blinks back and forth between two maps of Pluto's surface derived from Hubble Space Telescope observations. One map was generated from four images captured in 1994 using Hubble's Faint Object Camera, while the other was generated from 192 images captured in 2002 and 2003 using Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. During the time that separated the two sets of observations, Pluto's surface changed noticeably. Also, the season advanced, bringing more of the south pole into winter darkness.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about June 1, 2003

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