Pluto's Heart-Shaped Landscape Is Weirder Than We Thought
Sarah Fecht and Carl Franzen
at 09:42 AM Jul 20 2015
Pluto's Heart-Shaped Landscape Is Weirder Than We Thought
Close-up of Pluto's heart
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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft completed its flyby of Pluto three days ago, but the most incredible views of the dwarf planet are just coming to light now.

On Friday afternoon, NASA released new close-up imagery of Pluto's surface captured from just 48,000 miles above the surface  - not even as close as New Horizons got at its closest approach, about 7,800 miles. The latest imagery is nonetheless breathtaking to behold, showing us what the interior of the "heart" landmass in Pluto's southern hemisphere really looks like: a vast plain stretching for 120 miles, with large smooth areas interrupted by hills and troughs. Notably missing are impact craters from meteors, indicating that the surfaces is likely very young for the solar system, just 100 million years, or so.

Nicknamed "Sputnik Planum", the plains neighbor the 11,000-foot tall ice mountains New Horizons discovered earlier this week.

The Sputnik Plains Are Located In The Heart Of Pluto
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