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8.1.11 Pluto and friends

Imaged by New Horizons on 1 July 2013 – still two years away from reaching Pluto – this was the first view on the approach to Pluto and Charon.

Figure 6 Image taken by New Horizons of Pluto and Charon, July 2013.

Pluto and its largest moon Charon are circled on the right for clarification; Pluto is the brighter of the two. Visit this NASA link [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]  to see Pluto and Charon appearing larger as New Horizons approaches them, some marvellous close-ups, and videos of exciting press conferences when the new data were discussed.


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