Pluto and Charon Jul 7, 2015

Pluto from 12.5M km

Great news! New Horizons is back to operations after the issue that affected its main computer a couple of days ago. Today the New Horizons team published a set of pictures taken on Jul 3 (before the computer issue) from a distance of 12.5M km from Pluto. Theose images show a lot of interesting features,…

Pluto and Charon from 14.9M km

Pluto and Charon from 14.9M km

Latest image received from New Horizons, distance is now 14.9M km and we’re now 12 days from the flyby. As always image has been enlarged and sharpened. Some small scale artifacts might be present in the image. It’s more and more evident how the surface has different reflectivity, with brighter and darker areas separated by…

Pluto and Charon - 15.9M km

Pluto from 15.9M km

Latest processed image of Pluto and Charon coming from New Horizons, from a distance of 15.9M km. Original images have been enlarged, stacked and sharpened. Interesting surface features are becoming more and more apparent. What in previous pictures seemed like a big crater, now seems more similar to a large dark area on the surface.…

Pluto from 18.2M km

Pluto from 18.2M km

Latest image received from New Horizons, now 18.2M km from target. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Pluto from 20.6M km

Pluto from 20.6M km

Latest image of Pluto from New Horizons LORRI instrument, taken from a distance of 20.6M km. Original images have been enlarged and processed in order to increase contrast and sharpness. Features similar to craters appear, however there is still some uncertainty caused by possible processing artifacts. Original image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest…

Pluto from 22.9M km

Pluto and Charon from 22.9M km

Latest processed image of Pluto, received on Jun 25 and taken from a distance of 22.9M km by the New Horizons spacecraft. There might be some processing artifacts caused by enlarging and sharpening. Original images credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Pluto and Charon on Jun 22 2015

Pluto on Jun 22nd: -26.8M km

New processed image of Pluto and Charon, from the latest New Horizons releases on Jun 22, 2015. This image is the result of combining 4 different images, taken from a distance of 26.8M km. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Pluto and Charon - Jun 21st 2015

Latest Pluto and Charon Image: 27.7M km Away

Been playing with the latest raw images received from New Horizons and published today. Not really sure how many of the features visible in the resulting image below are real instead of being just processing artifacts. The profile of the shadow seems to suggest the presence of a something similar to large impact crater, but…