Simulating New Horizons views of Pluto

Explanation: This chart is an attempt to use New Horizons LORRI images of Jupiter's moons to demonstrate how many pixels across LORRI images of Pluto will be at various dates during New Horizons' approach in 2015. The text indicates the dates and distances of the Galilean moon photos, and indicates at what date and distance LORRI will have comparable resolution on Pluto (scaling for the size of Pluto, which is smaller than Io or Ganymede). The first column of images is archival LORRI data. The second column is the same images, enlarged by a factor of 3 to make the individual pixels visible. In the third column, the images have been enlarged with interpolation.

Pluto

Image credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Emily Lakdawalla.