Is That an Ice Cap? New Horizons Detects First Details on Pluto

Lights in the Dark

A full rotation of Pluto and Charon, captured by New Horizons from April 12-18, 2015A full rotation of Pluto and Charon, captured by New Horizons from April 12-18, 2015

Taken from a distance of about 69 to 64 million miles – just about the distance between the Sun and Venus – the images that make up this animation were captured by the LORRI imaging instrument aboard the New Horizons spacecraft and show its first detection of surface features on Pluto, including what may be the bright reflection of a polar ice cap!

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