NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft snapped the first high-resolution photographs of Pluto and its moons this week. The images reveal the planetary system in unprecedented detail — highlighting mountain ranges, icy plains, deep canyons, and more. Planetary scientists are now using the images to figure out what they can learn about Pluto’s origins — based on the rock’s surface features.
The best part is there’s more to come. New Horizons has only sent back 1 to 2 percent of the data it has collected. The space probe has many more images of Pluto’s system to show us, and we’ll get those pictures over the next couple of weeks. Until then, check out the best images we got this week, when we celebrated the first ever flyby of dwarf planet Pluto.
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