SAN FRANCISCO — A huge new mosaic of Pluto shows the cratered, wrinkled and mountainous surfaces of the dwarf planet in amazing detail

The new image, which is comprised of many smaller photos that have been stitched together to form this one larger view, stretches over a wide swath of the dwarf planet. It was taken by the New Horizons spacecraft just before its closest Pluto flyby on July 14

The photo’s color contrast is fascinating: The bright ice of Pluto’s Sputnik Planum stand out when seen alongside the extremely dark Cthulhu Regio feature near the bottom of the image. It’s easy to get lost in the chasms, craters, mountains and even possible ice volcanoes that can be seen in stark relief in this mosaic Read more…

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