Pluto Topography and Composition Map

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Pluto Topography and Composition Map
Release Date: September 28, 2017
Keywords: News Article
The maps above are from New Horizons’ data on the topography (top) and composition (bottom) of Pluto’s surface. In the high-resolution topographical map, the highlighted red region is high in elevation. The map below, showing the composition, indicates the same section also contains methane, color-coded in orange. One can see the orange features spread into the fuzzier, lower-resolution data that covers the rest of the globe, meaning those areas, too, are high in methane, and therefore likely to be high in elevation.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute//Lunar and Planetary Institute
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