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Apr 15, 2015 1:30 PM

NASA's New Horizons releases first full-color photo of Pluto, moon Charon


NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back to Earth on Tuesday, a colored picture of Pluto from a distance of about 71 million miles away.

This is the first color image ever taken of Pluto causing the resolution to be blurry but distinct color differences can be seen between the dwarf planet and it's moon.

"Starting in May, Pluto will get the highest-resolution images ever, and it's going to get better every day from there," Cathy Olkin, a planetary scientist from the Southwest Research Institute explained.

New Horizons have planned another mission on July 14 which they will travel through the Pluto System at a speed of 30,000 mph with a resolution as sharp as a quarter-mile.

In other words- sharp enough to make out New York's Central Park if New Horizons were to fly by Earth instead.


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