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NASA’s latest pictures show what a day looks like on Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured Pluto rotating over the course of a full “Pluto day.”

By: AP | Updated: November 22, 2015 8:20:25 am
NASA, NASA Pluto, Pluto, Pluto Day images, Day on Pluto, NASA new Pluto images, New Horizons, New Horizons spacecraft, Pluto pictures, technology, space news, technology news NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured Pluto rotating over the course of a full “Pluto day.” (Source: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a series of 10 close-ups of the frosty, faraway world on Friday, representing one full rotation, or Pluto day. A Pluto day is equivalent to 6.4 Earth days.

The New Horizons spacecraft snapped the pictures from a Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) as it zoomed past Pluto in an unprecedented flyby in July. Pluto was between 400,000 and 5 million miles from the camera in these photos.

“These images and others like them reveal many details about Pluto, including the differences between the encounter hemisphere and the so-called ‘far side’ hemisphere seen only at lower resolution. Dimples in the bottom (south) edge of Pluto’s disk are artifacts of the way the images were combined to create these composites,” states the release.

A similar series of shots were taken of Pluto’s jumbo moon, Charon. But the Pluto pictures stand out much more because of the orb’s distinct heart-shaped region. Scientists call the heart Tombaugh Regio, after the U.S. astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930.

NASA, NASA Pluto, Pluto, Pluto Day images, Day on Pluto, NASA new Pluto images, New Horizons, New Horizons spacecraft, Pluto pictures, technology, space news, technology news It also captured images of the largest of Pluto’s five moons, Charon, rotating over the course of a full day. (Source: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

New Horizons is now headed to a new target.

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