Landslides in a Charon Chasm (annotated)

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Landslides in a Charon Chasm (annotated)
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Keywords: Charon, LORRI, MVIC, Ralph
Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission have spotted signs of long run-out landslides on Pluto's largest moon, Charon. This perspective view of Charon's informally named Serenity Chasm consists of topography generated from stereo reconstruction of images taken by New Horizons, Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC), supplemented by a "shape-from-shading" algorithm. The topography is then overlain with this image mosaic (link to first image) and the perspective view is rendered. The MVIC image was taken from a distance of 45,458 miles (73,159 kilometers) while the LORRI picture was taken from 19,511 miles (31,401 kilometers) away, both on July 14, 2015.

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