photo credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute. Pluto and Charon as seen from New Horizons with a color imager on April 9, 2015.
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New Horizons snaps its first colour pic of Pluto

This may not look like much, but it is the first colour image of Pluto and its moon Charon snapped by the New Horizons spacecraft, currently travelling like a bullet towards the far-away dwarf planet at a speed of 50,000 km/h.

Launched in 2006, New Horizons has been travelling for almost a decade. The probe was put into hibernation for about 7 years before being woken up in December, an achievement in itself!

Currently still at a whopping 115 million km from the icy body, the next three months will bring it ever closer, until its closest approach in July at approximately 12,000 km from the surface of Pluto.

It won’t be stopping there though, and will gather as much information from the dwarf planet as it can on its way to the Kuiper Belt and the outer reaches of the Solar System.

photo credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute. Pluto and Charon as seen from New Horizons with a color imager on April 9, 2015.

photo credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute. Pluto and Charon as seen from New Horizons with a color imager on April 9, 2015.

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