Christmas Pluto

Pluto gets into the holiday spirit, decked out in red and green. This image was produced by the New Horizons composition team, using a pair of Ralph/LEISA instrument scans obtained at approximately 9:40 AM on July 14, from a mean range of 67,000 miles (108,000 kilometers). The resolution is about 7 kilometers per LEISA pixel. Three infrared wavelength ranges (2.28-2.23, 1.25-1.30 and 1.64-1.73 microns) were placed into the three color channels (red, green and blue, respectively) to create this false color Christmas portrait. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Pluto Through Stained Glass: A Movie from the Edge of the Solar System

This colorful movie drifting across Pluto by was recorded by New Horizons' LEISA infrared imaging spectrometer during the July 14 closest approach. The discovery of water ice on Pluto was made using LEISA data shown here. The movie has been sped up approximately 17 times from its raw frame rate, and the infrared colors that LEISA sees have been translated into visual colors. Discovery of water ice: Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Alex Parker

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