Pluto: Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
I first noticed this on SpaceFlightNow.com, but I went to the raw gallery on JPL to pull down the pictures.
I wish I could say that I’m speechless, but then I wouldn’t have much to write.
I guess I don’t.
I really am struggling to find words.
An artist didn’t paint this one though…it was the New Horizons probe (shown to the right here), that did a fly-by of Pluto and Charon on July 14th and took this photo…looking back after it passed.
Here are some zooms…
How would that look on a postcard? Kind of makes you want to go visit doesn’t it? Well you’d better pack your long-johns. That glacier down there formed out of frozen nitrogen…and likely a few other things that you might breath as invisible gases on a very, very cold day here on Earth.
As the probes get newer and faster, they carry better cameras further out there, so we’ll see more staggering imagery like this in the future. Actually, these are just the thumbnails, which will keep coming until about the end of 2015. Then the real fun starts as it takes most of next year to send us the high-resolution photos and science stored on board as it flies onward to go study something else out there in the dark.
I can’t wait.
Here is where you can go to get the first released look at new space probe shots of the cosmos…http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/