Images From New Horizons Mission To Pluto

These images from New Horizons Mission to Pluto have been gathered since it entered its ‘fly by’ stage of its journey, along with 20 observations.

The journey

Travelling for 9 years and 3 billion miles from Earth, at 14km per second and close enough to the surface to supply detailed images that identify areas as small as Central Park in NYC, we now have a completely new understanding of the dwarf planet. It may contain some impact craters and evidence of tutonic activity and the possibility of some kind of cosmic snow in this icy place, but more will be unveiled over the coming year as NASA download all of the information that it has gathered.

1. Real colour image of Pluto and Charon

This image has been exagerated to show more topographical detail. Taken July 13th, 2015 by the New Horizons mission.

Images from new horizons mission to pluto

Pluto and Charon

2. Pluto

This image taken on Tuesday 14th July 2015 just before the flyby started.

images from New Horizons Mission to Pluto

3. Pluto surface

Image shows mountains made of ice and a similar size to the Rockies

images from new horizons mission to pluto

4. Twenty observations from scientists

  1. Planet X was the first name for Pluto
  1. An 11 year old girl named Venetia Katharine Douglas Phair, named the planet after her grandfather took her idea to the astronomers society
  1. Once thought to be the same size of the earth, now known its surface to be only be the size of the USA
  1. The Kuiper Belt will be explored as a result of the Pluto mission
  1. The New Horizons spacecraft is the size of a baby grand piano
  1. New Horizons is the fastest space craft to leave the earth
  1. New Horizons passed at 12,472 km from the surface of Pluto
  1. The journey to Pluto from Earth took 9 years
  1. The distance to Pluto was 3 billion miles from Earth
  1. Pluto appears to be geologically active
  1. There is evidence that Pluto’s surface is being reworked
  1. Scientists think Pluto is able to rework its surfaces because of heat inside the planet
  1. When the sun formed 4.5 billion years ago it may have had more pronounced radiation on the outer edges of the solar system at the time
  1. The surface of Pluto may only be 100 million years old
  1. Pluto’s surface temperature is -230 degrees centigrade
  1. Eris near Pluto is more massive than but not as big
  1. Pluto was declassified as a planet in 2006 to be named a dwarf planet
  1. Pluto is more interesting because it is recognized as part of the Kuiper Belt and will prompt exploration of this area
  1. It will take over a year to get all the data back from New Horizons because its transfer being driven with the power of a 30 watt light bulb
  1. The Kuiper Belt is being ground up and consumed by the Sun

New Horizons is now 2 million miles or more away from Pluto, the best is still to come. Friday 17th July 2015, will see new announcements