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Pluto's diverse terrain (mosaic with detail images)

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Pluto's diverse terrain (mosaic with detail images) A mosaic of images captured as New Horizons flew past Pluto on July 14 contains a wide variety of different kinds of terrain, from smooth, geologically fresh icy plains, to ancient, dark, cratered highlands. This version of New Horizons' second-highest-resolution Pluto mosaic was generated from data downlinked from September 5 to 7, 2015. It is a wider version of this mosaic released during the flyby.

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

This version of the mosaic shows the locations of two detail images:

Pluto's diverse terrain (context map)

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

Pluto's diverse terrain (context map)
Boxes show the locations of detail images.
Detail: Pluto

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

Detail: Pluto "chaos region"
Detail from this Pluto mosaic showing a 470-kilometer wide region on Pluto at the boundary between more heavily cratered terrain (left) and smooth plains (right). The area in between appears jumbled and broken.
Detail: Pluto

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

Detail: Pluto "dark areas"
Detail from this Pluto mosaic showing a 350-kilometer wide region on Pluto at the boundary between dark-toned, heavily cratered terrain (bottom) and smooth, flat plains (top). Up close, there are areas of lineated terrain that "resemble dunes" but "its origin is under debate."

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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