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Pluto Surface Observations 1: NH Post-Encounter Phase, 1 Aug 2015- 10 Oct 2015
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post Sep 17 2015, 10:06 PM
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QUOTE (Saturns Moon Titan @ Sep 17 2015, 09:48 PM) *
There's a lot more to the right side of the Heart then we've seen before. I'm guessing that part came from as of yet unreleased images?


The right side of the Heart does look more rugged and I think this was noticeable in the LORRI image mosaic from about 170000km distance that Machi had put together and is being used in my map.


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post Sep 17 2015, 10:46 PM
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QUOTE (MarcF @ Sep 17 2015, 04:57 PM) *
New image from Pluto taken 15 min after closest approach. I'm just speechless !!!
Incredible landscape, incredible atmosphere, incredible ...
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http://www.nasa.gov/feature/pluto-wows-in-...acklit-panorama


I'm late to the party, I've just seen the image for the first time right now. I'm speechless.

I've been a space enthusiast for many decades now, going back to the late 1960s. In that time, I've seen many outstanding images. This one, though, in its combination of scientific interest and sheer spectacle, has to be number one in my books.

Wow.
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post Sep 17 2015, 10:48 PM
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Agreed, it's astounding; one for the textbooks (and coffee table books fold-outs, hopefully!)
And the spacecraft has barely begun its downlink....
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post Sep 17 2015, 10:51 PM
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Thanks to the NH Team for sharing, and remember folks, we're still looking at the intitial images dribbling through the pipeline. Wow.

--Bill


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post Sep 17 2015, 10:56 PM
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Yes the presents are really raining down as Alan Stern had put it earlier smile.gif


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post Sep 17 2015, 11:38 PM
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Anyone seen that swear jar?
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post Sep 18 2015, 12:16 AM
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I love how that crescent photo seems to capture the idea that Pluto is a dwarf planet: you can see mountains popping out of the landscape in clear detail and an obvious curvature of the world at the same. Almost like a shrunken Earth (poetically speaking, of course).
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post Sep 18 2015, 12:18 AM
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Un-bel-iev-able! ohmy.gif

This should be all over MSM. But will it?

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post Sep 18 2015, 12:23 AM
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The various science sites and their reporters have taken it up; public interest is hopefully going to remain high, judging by social media.
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post Sep 18 2015, 12:49 AM
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QUOTE (JRehling @ Sep 17 2015, 03:59 PM) *
That's a candidate for greatest image ever taken in outer space. On the long list, maybe, but still. Wow.


Agreed - and I'm speechless. I was expecting the NH flyby to result in great images but I never expected the flyby to result in some of the most spectacular, weird and memorable images that I have ever seen of a solar system body. Plus the fact that Pluto has turned out to be far more interesting than I was expecting (and I *did* expect it to be interesting). A major surprise to me is also that Pluto is totally different from Triton and another surprise is that Pluto seems much more interesting and has a much greater number of terrain types than Triton if I'm interpreting the images and what has been said about them correctly.

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post Sep 18 2015, 01:11 AM
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I agree with Bjorn: Pluto is more interesting that Triton .... and that's *without* any obvious signs of geysers thus far.

Here's the full crescent in color; the registration should be more accurate this time.

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PNG version: http://s28.postimg.org/6jskv7363/Pluto_Crescent_Color.png



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post Sep 18 2015, 01:56 AM
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Geez. Swear jar.

With the banding removed that would be some desktop background material.
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post Sep 18 2015, 02:00 AM
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QUOTE (scalbers @ Sep 17 2015, 05:56 PM) *
Yes the presents are really raining down as Alan Stern had put it earlier smile.gif

Yes, and needless to say it won't be long til someone invents the Stern Drive and we have an orbiter Figure-Eighting around Pluto and Charon.

IMO, Charon is the one with the interesting history. I was looking forward to the better-rez imagery of that.

--Bill


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post Sep 18 2015, 02:18 AM
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Ian, thanks for another fantastic color rendition. I agree with others who've said this is one of the most beautiful images of another world we've ever seen.

Bill, I'm also really anxious to get better imagery of Charon, especially those deep canyons. We probably just need to be patient. smile.gif
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post Sep 18 2015, 03:02 AM
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Could such close up pictures of Pluto's mountains shed light as to how they formed. We know on earth that mountains form due to plate tectonics. What about mountains on pluto?
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