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New images of Pluto taken during New Horizons' flyby paint a picture of surprising complexity and variety. | NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
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New Pluto Pics Show Beautiful, Complex World: Photos

A mix of craters, ice flows, mountains, valleys and dunes coexist on Pluto in the latest amazing images from the New Horizons spacecraft.

Published On 09/13/2015
10:20 AM EDT
This mosaic of the new high-resolution Pluto images shows 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of the dwarf planet's surface, as taken from 50,000 miles (80,000 km) away during New Horizons' closest approach. | NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Broken, mountainous terrain is visible on the left edge of the flat, icy Sputnik Planum. The mountains might be blocks of water-ice floating in Sputnik Planum's frozen nitrogen, officials said. The image covers 300 miles (470 km). | NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
The dark ridges in the center of this view, near the bottom of Sputnik Planum, suggest possible windswept dunes. Also visible is old, cratered terrain juxtaposed with new, smooth ground, as well as mountains. | NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
A processed image of the sun shining through Pluto's atmosphere (right, unedited version at left) reveals multiple layers of haze. | NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute