NASA scientists finally seeing Pluto like never before


NASA scientists finally seeing Pluto like never before

NASA scientists are seeing Pluto like they never have before.

New images from the Horizon Spacecraft show "a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).

The new images show the small planet's surface at a resolution of 400 meters (440 yards) per pixel roughly 1,100 miles away, according to NASA. They reveal a wide variety of dunes, ice and valleys throughout the surface, which "is every bit as complex as that of Mars,” said Jeff Moore, the leader of NASA's New Horizons Geology, Geophysics and Imaging (GGI) team.

Forthcoming images will reveal more about Pluti's moons, the report said.

Scientists were surprised to learn more about the complexity of layers in Pluto's atmospheric haze as well.

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