New Horizons' Extreme Close-Up of Pluto's Surface
This mosaic strip – extending across the hemisphere that faced NASA's New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015 – now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe. With a resolution of about 260 feet, the mosaic affords New Horizons scientists the best opportunity to examine the fine details of the various types of terrain on Pluto, and determine the processes that formed and shaped them. The width of the strip ranges from more than 55 miles at its northern end to about 45 miles at its southern point. The pictures in the mosaic were obtained by New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) approximately 9,850 miles from Pluto, shortly before New Horizons' closest approach.