A new photo of Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft
The New Horizons spacecraft has acquired another view of Pluto from just under eight million kilometers away (roughly five million miles). As of today, the spacecraft will be about six million kilometers from the dwarf planet and will have its historic flyby on July 14. Pluto exhibits large swaths of dark and light material that most likely hydrocarbon-based perhaps frozen methane.
The Pluto flyby will be exactly that: the New Horizons will get as close as 12,500 kilometers from the surface of Pluto and will capture the best images anyone has ever seen of the dwarf planet and its main moon, Charon — then after about a day, will continue on to view other Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs). As the craft leaves the Pluto system, New Horizons will take some images as it passes through its shadow to verify the existence of an atmosphere. According to current spectroscopy, the atmosphere is primarily methane.
For more information on the new photo, check on this article from the BBC.
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