NASA Has Shared The Best Photo Ever Taken of Pluto

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  • · Posted 32 months Ago
  •  BY Jack Lowe

It may have had to travel 3 billion miles over the duration of nine years to take it, but NASA has now taken to Instagram to share the best photo ever shot of Pluto. The image was captured by New Horizons, which sped past the planet at 30,800 miles per hour.

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"This stunning image of the dwarf planet was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach," said NASA. "The spacecraft was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface."

The image is roughly a thousand times more detailed than any photographs taken using earthbound telescopes, showing us that the planet is much larger than we previously thought, measuring 1,473 miles in diameter.

SNEAK PEEK of gorgeous Pluto! The dwarf planet has sent a love note back to Earth via our New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled more than 9 years and 3+ billion miles. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach - 7:49 a.m. EDT today. This same image will be released and discussed at 8 a.m. EDT today. Watch our briefing live on NASA Television at: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv The high res pic will be posted on the web at: http://www.nasa.gov. This stunning image of the dwarf planet was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. The spacecraft was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons #solarsystem #nasabeyond #science

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