Photo of the Day: New Horizons’ First Full-Color Look at Pluto

posted: 04/16/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
NASA's first look at Pluto
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has snapped the first ever color image of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. The April 9 photo was taken approximately 71 million miles away from Pluto by the Ralph color imager.

The agency notes that "neither Pluto nor Charon is well resolved by the color imager, but their distinctly different appearances can be seen". It will be refined further by photo specialists.

In three months, New Horizons is expected to make its rendezvous with the dwarf planet. The spacecraft will send back detailed information about the surface and atmosphere of both Pluto and Charon, thus completing the farthest mission in the history of space exploration.

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