NASA’s spaceship is sending photos of stars 4.3 billion miles away

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Do you have 3D glasses? You can see these stereo images that reveal the distance of the stars from their background. On the left is Proxima Centauri, and on the right Wolf 359.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

The newly named Arrokoth facility, once known as Ultima Thule, is ultra-burned, smooth and covered in organic complex molecules, new research has shown.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

A second look at Ultima Thule reveals the shape of the pancakes that many associate it with.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Images of New Horizon have revealed that craters on Pluto and Charon were made by small objects in the Kuiper belt.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

While this might look more impressive if you put on 3D glasses, this is the first 3D image of the Ultima Thule Kuiper Belt. New Horizons flew the Ultima Thule on January 1st.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

This is the first color image of the ultimate Thule, taken at a distance of 85,000 miles from the object by the spaceship New Horizons. The “red snowman” replaces the initial shape of the “bowling ball” as intended. This image reveals that the Ultima Thule are actually two objects connected by gravity, making it the first binary contact visited by a spacecraft. The red color is responsible for the radiation in the Kuiper belt.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons first saw Ultima Thule on January 1st. To the left is a composition of two images taken at a distance of half a million miles, indicating the size and shape of the object. The artist’s impression on the right suggests that the Ultima Thule is shaped like a bowling ball and spins like a propeller.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto in July 2015, it captured this image of major mountain ranges where it meets a huge ice plain called Sputnik Planitia. The ridges in these photographs have now been identified as dunes made of solid methane ice grains.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons photographed what scientists call “sharp” terrain near the heart-shaped dwarf planet region. This three-dimensional image was created using two images taken about 14 minutes apart on July 14th. The first image was taken about 16,000 miles (25,000 kilometers) from Pluto, and the second was taken when the spacecraft was 10,000 miles (about 17,000 kilometers) apart. Separate your 3-D glasses for the best view.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

The New Horizons team has discovered a chain of exotic mountains covered in methane snow on Pluto. On March 3, NASA released a picture of snowy mountains stretching across the dark expanse of Cthulhu.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

NASA released a photo on February 4, 2015, which they suspect is a picture of floating hills on the surface of Pluto. The hills are made of water ice and hanging over a sea of ​​nitrogen.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

This image taken in infrared light shows that water ice abounds on the surface of Pluto. The image was created using two Pluto scans made by the New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, when the probe was about 108,000 kilometers above Pluto.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

These photos show a variety of Pluto textures, including what NASA calls “rounded and bizarrely textured mountains”. The mountains are informally called Tartarus Dorsa. This image shows about 530 kilometers (530 kilometers) of terrain from Pluto. It combines blue, red and infrared images taken with the Ralph / Multispectral Visual Imaging spacecraft. The images were taken on July 14, during the probe’s flight. They were released on September 24.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Photographs taken by New Horizons just before its nearest Pluto on July 14 are the sharpest images of Pluto’s diverse terrain. This high resolution image reveals the details of two icebergs. The image extends to 75 miles (120 kilometers) of Pluto’s surface.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

This image of Pluto’s surface was taken just 15 minutes after NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft approached the icy planet on July 14. As it looked toward the Sun, the spacecraft’s camera captured more than a dozen thin layers of nebula in Pluto’s atmosphere, at least 60 miles (100 kilometers) above the surface. The photo was sent to Earth on September 13.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

This image of Pluto’s icy and mountainous landscape was taken from a distance of 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers). “Because of this image, you really feel like you’re there, on Pluto, exploring the landscape on your own,” said New Horizons chief investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

This image is a synthesis of new high-resolution images transferred from New Horizon. The wide ice plain was nicknamed Sputnik Planum. This image is from a perspective above Pluto’s equatorial region. Astronomers began removing data from the spacecraft during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5 to 7.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Scientists say what the mountains look like could be huge blocks of frozen water suspended in frozen nitrogen. In the new photos, taken on July 14 and published on September 10, the pixel is 400 meters (440 meters). The nearest passage of Pluto New Horizons carried it about 50,000 miles from the surface.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Pluto’s landscape has a multitude of diversity: plains, mountains, craters and what looks like they could be dunes. The smallest details in the photos are about half a mile wide. Scientists say the crater area is ancient. Smooth-frozen aircraft are relatively young.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Just before the closest approach to Pluto on July 14, NASA’s spaceship New Horizons took this photo of Charon, Pluto’s largest moon. The photo was taken at a distance of 290,000 miles. Charon’s area of ​​the North Pole is distinctly dark. This photo was released on September 10th.

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New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

This new image of Pluto is an amazing planetary scientist. It depicts the atmosphere of a small world, illuminated by the sun. NASA says the image reveals layers of haze that are several times larger than predicted. The photo was taken by the New Horizons spacecraft seven hours after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14. New Horizons was then about 1.25 million miles from Pluto.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Images taken in the shape of a heart-shaped Pluto, informally called the Tombaugh Regio, reveal “a huge crystal-free plain that looks like it’s no more than 100 million years old,” NASA said on July 17. The frozen region “probably still shapes geologists processing.” NASA’s spacecraft New Horizons was launched in 2006 and traveled 3 billion miles to the dwarf planet.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Close-up images from the region near the Pluto equator revealed a wonderful surprise: a series of mountain newlyweds. NASA released the image on July 15.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

This image, released on July 15, revealed remarkable new details of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

The last analysis of the spectrum of the Ralph instrument of New Horizons was published on 15 July. It reveals an abundance of methane ice, but with striking differences from place to place, across the icy surface of Pluto.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Members and guests of the NASA team are counting on the spacecraft’s journey to Pluto on July 14.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

That image of Pluto was taken by New Horizons on July 13, about 4 pm before the moment of the closest approach. The spacecraft was 476,000 miles from the surface of Pluto.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

The colors in this image of Pluto and Charon are exaggerated to make it easy to see their different features. (These aren’t the actual colors of Pluto and Charon, and those two bodies aren’t really that close in space.) This image was taken on July 13, the day before New Horizons was supposed to come closest to Pluto.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

This image of Pluto was taken by New Horizons on July 12th. The spacecraft was then located 1.6 million miles from Pluto.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons took this photo of Charon on July 12th. It reveals a system of abysses larger than the Grand Canyon. The spacecraft was 1.6 million miles away.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons was about 3.7 million miles from Pluto and Charon when he took this picture on July 8th.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Do you see the heart on Pluto? This image was taken on July 7 by New Horizons when it was about 5 million miles from the planet. Look lower right and you’ll see a large bright area – about 1,200 miles wide – that looks like a heart.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons took six black-and-white photos of Pluto and Charon between June 23 and 29. The images are combined with color data from another instrument on the space probe to create the above images. The spaceship was 15 million miles away when the sequence began and 11 million miles when the last photo was taken.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Pluto is shown here along with Charon in images taken on June 25th and 27th. The image on the right shows a series of evenly distributed dark spots near the Pluto equator. Scientists hope to solve the riddle as New Horizons approaches Pluto.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons shot a series of 13 images of Charon orbiting Pluto over a period of six and a half days in April. As the images were taken, the spacecraft moved from about 69 million miles from Pluto to 64 million miles.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Look carefully at the pictures above: They mark for the first time that New Horizons photographed Pluto’s smallest and sweetest moons, Kerberos and Styx. The pictures were taken from April 25 to May 1.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons used its dye to capture this image of Pluto and Charon on April 9th. This is the first color image taken by a spacecraft approaching Pluto and Charon, and transmitted by NASA. The spacecraft was about 71 million miles from Pluto when the photo was taken.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

In August 2014, New Horizons crossed the orbit of Neptune, the last planet to pass on its way to Pluto. New Horizons took this photo of Neptune and its large moon Triton when it was 2.45 billion miles from the planet – more than 26 times the distance between Earth and our sun.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

In early 2007, New Horizons captured this image of Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

On its way to Pluto, New Horizons took these photos of Jupiter’s four large “Galilean” moons. On the left are Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

A white arrow points to Pluto in this September 2006 photo taken from New Horizon. The spacecraft was still about 2.6 billion miles from Pluto.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Pluto was discovered in 1930, but was only a speck of light in the best telescopes on Earth until February 2010, when NASA published this photograph. It was created by combining several images taken with a Hubble Space Telescope – each only a few pixels wide – in a technique called dithering. NASA says it took four years and 20 computers to run continuously to create the image.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

This was one of the best views of Pluto and its moon Charon before the New Horizons mission. The image was taken by a camera of light objects of the European Space Agency on the Hubble Space Telescope on February 21, 1994.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

Picture of the Hubble Space Pluto telescope and its moons. Charon is the largest moon near Pluto. The other four bright spots are smaller moonshine discovered in 2005, 2011 and 2012: Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx.

New Horizons explores Pluto, Arrokoth

New Horizons was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 19, 2006. The piano-sized probe weighed nearly £ 1,054 at launch. There are seven instruments on board to capture images and sample Pluto’s atmosphere. After completing a five-month study of Pluto, the spacecraft will continue deeper into the Kuiper Belt.

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