NASA is slowly releasing the unique images of Pluto and its moons captured by spacecraft New Horizons. The latest one that has been revealed is that of Pluto’s biggest moon, Charon, depicting an area of around 240 miles from top to bottom.
New image of an area on Charon, Pluto’s largest moon. A depression can be seen with a peak in the middle (upper left corner of the inset). Credits: NASA-JHUAPL-SwRI.
The picture in question was taken at around 6:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 14. At that moment, New Horizons was flying at a distance of 49,000 miles from the surface of Pluto.
The picture of Charon is found to be enthralling. NASA describes a depression on the surface of Charon as a “captivating feature”. The depression has a peak in the middle. Otherwise, few craters are conspicuous from the image.
The depression has been nicknamed Charon’s “Mountain in a Moat” in a tweet by NASA.
Another of Pluto’s moon, Hydra, was also captured in image. Hydra is the dwarf planet’s outermost moon. NASA describes the latter as having an irregular shape.
More images will be revealed today, July 17, during a briefing NASA will hold.