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Pluto: October 2015



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.


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


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.


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.


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


Images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft were used to create this flyover video of Pluto's largest moon, Charon.


NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has returned the best color and the highest resolution images yet of Pluto's largest moon, Charon and these pictures show a surprisingly complex and violent history.