Sputnik Planum, in Color

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Sputnik Planum, in Color
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Keywords: LORRI, MVIC, Pluto
This high-resolution image captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC). The bright expanse is the western lobe of the "heart," informally called Sputnik Planum, which has been found to be rich in nitrogen, carbon monoxide and methane ices.

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