New Horizons – Latest Photo of Pluto

7-8-15_pluto_color_new_nasa-jhuapl-swriThis image of Pluto from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) was received on July 8, and has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument.

After last weekends heart stopping moment when the space craft shut down and went into standby mode, the quick return to science operations provided this amazing image of Pluto this morning. The craft suffered a shutdown on Saturday due to an overly intense computation process related to command and control request.

This operation forced a shutdown that was quickly assessed and corrected by the mission team. Return to full science operations was resumed on Monday and over the next several days the team will be receiving and hopefully publishing more amazing results.

On Saturday the following .gif movie of images taken from the craft between June 29th and July 1st hints at what is sure to be a fascinating flyby of the planet. The movie takes a few minutes to download, but is well worth the wait!

pluto movie

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