false color image of Pluto

Using a technique called principal component analysis, New Horizons scientists made this false color image of Pluto, to highlight the many subtle color differences between Pluto’s distinct regions.

The image data were collected by the spacecraft’s Ralph/MVIC color camera on July 14 at 11:11 AM UTC, from a range of 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometers). This image was presented by Will Grundy of the New Horizons’ surface composition team on Nov. 9 at the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

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