By SJ Otto
I've always been a fan of outer space travel and exploration. All through my youth we never saw Pluto as more than a bright spot from a telescope image. Now at the age of 60, I can see what this world looks like up close. This was one of this years best moments in outer space exploration.
The New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto in July, and every week it has been sending back data it recorded. The latest images it has sent back were taken on its closest approach to Pluto, and they're the clearest we'll see for some time.
These new pictures have a resolution of around 250-280 feet per pixel which, according to NASA, reveal "features less than half the size of a city block on Pluto's diverse surface." The images show "a wide variety of cratered, mountainous and glacial terrains."
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