NASA releases Best Picture of Pluto till now. They have assembled all the images collected from New Horizon and created a complete look of Pluto. Check this link to see the extremely High Definition picture. Click to zoom and discover new things.
According to information provided by NASA, the images are at pixel resolutions ranging from 18 miles (30 kilometers) on the Charon-facing hemisphere to to 770 feet (235 meters) on the hemisphere facing New Horizons during the spacecraft’s closest approach on July 14, 2015.
Pluto captured global attention when New Horizons flew past it in July 2015 and returned the most detailed images of the dwarf planet we’ve ever seen. Now the spacecraft is headed to its next target — a small icy body way out in the Kuiper Belt, at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit.
New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006. It oscillated past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007. It conducted a six-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in summer 2015.
- is the fastest space mission ever launched.
- traveled the farthest to reach its primary science target.
- is the first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
It is finished with Pluto closest approach on July 14, 2015. As part of an extended mission (still pending for NASA approval), the spacecraft is expected to head farther into the Kuiper Belt. It will examine another ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region, at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit.
Scientists are still working to create even more detailed maps when more data arrives. “The team will continue to add photos as the spacecraft transmits the rest of its stored Pluto encounter data.” NASA said in a statement. “All encounter imagery is expected on Earth by early fall.”
So you can expect the best images and maps of Pluto are still under construction.