Pluto's Moon Nix, Half Illuminated

Click on image to enlarge.

Pluto's Moon Nix, Half Illuminated
Release Date: December 18, 2015
Keywords: MVIC, Nix
This recently received panchromatic image of Pluto's small satellite Nix taken by the Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) aboard New Horizons is one of the best images of Pluto's third-largest moon generated by the NASA mission. Taken on July 14, 2015, at a range of about 14,000 miles (23,000 kilometers) from Nix, the illuminated surface is about 12 miles (19 kilometers) by 29 miles (47 kilometers). The unique perspective of this image provides new details about Nix's geologic history and impact record.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
« Prev   Next »

  • NASA logo
  • JHUAPL logo
  • SwRI logo
© 2016 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory LLC. All rights reserved.
Feedback/Contact Us