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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

'Snakeskin' terrain on Pluto

Filed under trans-neptunian objects, New Horizons, pretty pictures, Pluto, dwarf planets beyond Neptune

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'Snakeskin' terrain on Pluto In this extended color image of Pluto taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, rounded and bizarrely textured mountains, informally named the Tartarus Dorsa, rise up along Pluto's day-night terminator and show intricate but puzzling patterns of blue-gray ridges and reddish material in between. This view, roughly 530 kilometers across, combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC) on July 14, 2015. It shows a region to the east of Tombaugh regio where low hills are covered with blade-like surface features.

NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

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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