Layered Craters and Icy Plains on Pluto. This image from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reveals new details of Pluto’s rugged, icy cratered plains, including layering in the interior walls of many craters.
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Pluto as you’ve never seen it before

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Ever wondered what a “summer” on Pluto might be like? Well now you can see for yourself.

NASA released detailed close-up images of Pluto on Friday that were transmitted from its New Horizons spacecraft, revealing the clearest look to date of the dwarf planet. The images were taken during a July flyby and offer an unprecedented glimpse into Pluto’s diverse terrain, complete with craters, mountains and ice fields.

They are the best photos of Pluto that most Earthlings can hope to see their lifetimes.

“These close-up images, showing the diversity of terrain on Pluto, demonstrate the power of our robotic planetary explorers to return intriguing data to scientists back here on planet Earth,” John Grunsfeld, former astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement. “New Horizons thrilled us during the July flyby with the first close images of Pluto, and as the spacecraft transmits the treasure trove of images in its onboard memory back to us, we continue to be amazed by what we see.”

The Mountainous Shoreline of Sputnik Planum, on Pluto. In this highest-resolution image from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, great blocks of Pluto’s water-ice crust appear jammed together in the al-Idrisi mountains. (Photo by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)
The Mountainous Shoreline of Sputnik Planum, on Pluto. In this highest-resolution image from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, great blocks of Pluto’s water-ice crust appear jammed together in the informally named al-Idrisi mountains. 
Photo by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
Layered Craters and Icy Plains on Pluto. This image from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reveals new details of Pluto’s rugged, icy cratered plains, including layering in the interior walls of many craters. (Photo by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)
Layered Craters and Icy Plains on Pluto. This image from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reveals new details of Pluto’s rugged, icy cratered plains, including layering in the interior walls of many craters.
Photo by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
This photo of Pluto’s ‘Badlands’ shows how erosion and faulting have sculpted this portion of Pluto’s icy crust into rugged badlands topography. (Photo by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)
This photo of Pluto’s ‘Badlands’ shows how erosion and faulting have sculpted this portion of Pluto’s icy crust into rugged badlands topography.
Photo by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

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