Look at these gorgeous photos of Pluto
Though many of you might miss our former planet (now a dwarf planet), you can be happy that no one's forgotten about Pluto. Gorgeous new photos give us the clearest picture of Pluto that we've ever seen.
— ABC News (@ABC) May 31, 2016
Why are they so great?
The pictures were taken at an insanely high resolution. During the New Horizons flyby, the spacecraft captured photos at 270 ft per pixel.
— Nightline (@Nightline) May 31, 2016
As Alan Stern, the principal investigator for New Horizons, said,
"This new image product is just magnetic...It makes me want to go back on another mission to Pluto and get high-resolution images like these across the entire surface."
The photos show,
"Starting with hummocky, cratered uplands at top, the view crosses over parallel ridges of 'washboard' terrain, chaotic and angular mountain ranges, cellular plains, coarsely 'pitted' areas of sublimating nitrogen ice, zones of thin nitrogen ice draped over the topography below and dark mountainous highlands scarred by deep pits"
New Horizons is still sending data back to Earth, so we'll have new findings until this fall.
PS: NASA also came out with new, super cool space stamps!
— U.S. Postal Service (@USPS) May 31, 2016
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Samantha is a senior at Georgetown studying English and studio art. She has written for USA TODAY College, The Hoya, DC Life Magazine, and Smithsonian, among others, and is the current co-editor-in-chief of Georgetown campus publication Venture Capitol, which covers entrepreneurship and startups in DC. When not reporting or shooting with her Nikon, she's surrounded by books on Greek mythology and neuroscience or listening to tech podcasts on her way to Bikram yoga.