The Rich Color Variations of Pluto: 2 - Craters and Cracks

Explanation: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured a high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC) and resolves details and colors on scales as small as 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers). This zoomed in view shows an example of the complex geologic history of the surface, with a impact crater subsequently cut by a fracture in Pluto's surface.


Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute.