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Feb 05 2015

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New pictures of Pluto from New Horizons

The images were taken on the anniversary of discoverer’s birthday — January 25th.

Still not much to see…but it won’t be long now. By mid-April, New Horizons be taking pictures with better resolution than Hubble.

Over the next few months, LORRI will take hundreds of pictures of Pluto, against a starry backdrop, to refine the team’s estimates of New Horizons’ distance to Pluto. As in these first images, the Pluto system will resemble little more than bright dots in the camera’s view until late spring. However, mission navigators can still use such images to design course-correcting engine maneuvers to direct the spacecraft for a more precise approach. The first such maneuver based on these optical navigation images, or OpNavs, is scheduled for March 10.

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