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Methane Snow on Pluto's Mountains

One of Pluto's most identifiable features, Cthulhu stretches nearly halfway around Pluto's equator, starting from the west of the great nitrogen ice plains known as Sputnik Planum.

The Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole

This ethereal scene captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto's diversity of geological and compositional featuresthis time in an enhanced color image of the north polar area.

Evidence of An Ancient Ocean on Charon?

Pluto's largest moon may have gotten too big for its own skin.

Mapping Pluto's Geology

How to make sense of Pluto's surprising geological complexity? To help understand the diversity of terrain and to piece together how Pluto's surface has formed and evolved over time, mission scientists construct geological maps like the one shown above.

Floating Hills on Pluto's Sputnik Planum

The nitrogen ice glaciers on Pluto appear to carry an intriguing cargo: numerous, isolated hills that may be fragments of water ice from Pluto's surrounding uplands.

Pluto's Blue Atmosphere in the Infrared

This image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is the first look at Pluto's atmosphere in infrared wavelengths, and the first image of the atmosphere made with data from the New Horizons Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) instrument.

Pluto's Widespread Water Ice

Data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft point to more prevalent water ice on Pluto's surface than previously thought.

Possible Ice Volcano on Pluto

Scientists with NASA's New Horizons mission have assembled this highest-resolution color view of one of two potential cryovolcanoes spotted on the surface of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015.

Pluto's Haze in Bands of Blue

This processed image is the highest-resolution color look yet at the haze layers in Pluto's atmosphere.

"X" marks the spot of some intriguing surface activity in the latest picture of Pluto returned from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

Zooming in on Pluto's Pattern of Pits

On July 14 the telescopic camera on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took the highest resolution images ever obtained of the intricate pattern of "pits" across a section of Pluto's prominent heart-shaped region, informally named Tombaugh Regio.

New High Resolution Images of Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby and the best close-ups of Pluto that humans may see for decades

A Day on Pluto and Charon

During its approach to Pluto and Charon New Horizons took these photos of a day on each world.

More Strange Things On and Around Pluto

From possible ice volcanoes to twirling moons, NASA's New Horizons science team is discussing more than 50 exciting discoveries about Pluto at this week's 47th Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences in National Harbor, Maryland.

The Youngest Crater on Charon?

New Horizons scientists have discovered a striking contrast between one of the fresh craters on Pluto's largest moon Charon and a neighboring crater dotting the moon's Pluto-facing hemisphere.

A Full View of a Crescent Pluto

In September, the New Horizons team released a stunning but incomplete image of Pluto's crescent.

New Imagery of Pluto's Moon Kerberos

Images of Pluto's tiny moon Kerberos taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft and just sent back to Earth this week complete the family portrait of Pluto's moons.

New Horizons has revealed a degree of diversity and complexity in the Pluto system that few expected in the frigid outer reaches of the solar system.

Pluto's Striking Surface Variations

University of Maryland astronomers Silvia Protopapa and Douglas Hamilton are among the authors of the first published paper from the New Horizons flyby, which appears in the Oct. 16, 2015, issue of the journal Science.

Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

The first color images of Pluto's atmospheric hazes, returned by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft last week, reveal that the hazes are blue.

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