The pictures are part of a sequence taken near New Horizons' closest approach to Pluto on July 14 this year, with resolutions of about 77-85 meters per pixel – showing features smaller than half a city block on Pluto's surface.

Lower resolution color data (at about 630 meters per pixel) were added to create the new image. The images form a strip 80 kilometers wide, trending from the edge of 'badlands' northwest of the informally named Sputnik Planum, across the al-Idrisi mountains, onto the
shoreline of Pluto's 'heart' feature, and just into its icy plains.

They combined pictures from the telescopic Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) taken approximately 15 minutes before New Horizons' closest approach to Pluto (from a range of only 17,000 kilometer) with color data gathered by the Ralph/Multicultural Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) 25 minutes before the LORRI pictures.

The wide variety of cratered, mountainous and glacial terrains seen in the images give scientists and the public alike a breathtaking, super-high-resolution color window into Pluto's geology.

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