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Astronomy and Astrophysics

First Pluto images a 'scientific bonanza'

First Pluto images a 'scientific bonanza'

It was worth the 9-1/2 year wait to meet you, Pluto. New Horizons' team released the first two images from the historic Pluto flyby taken with the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) 7,700 miles above Pluto's surface Wednesday. The first image shows Pluto’s moon Charon in remarkable detail, the second shows a 50 mile stretch of Pluto’s surface with a range of mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet, according to NASA. The icy mountains located in the heart-shaped area of Pluto's surface likely formed no more than 100 million years ago, said Jeff Moore of New Horizons’ Geology, Geophysics and Imaging Team in a news release. "Who would...