WASHINGTON, USA (15 / APR / 2015) .- The US space agency ( NASA ) today released the first color image of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, obtained by the “New Horizons” probe, which should reach planet dwarf July 14 this year.
The image, taken on April 9 from a distance of about 115 million kilometers offers a “promising glimpse of this system,” the director of the Planetary Science at NASA, Jim Green said.
The photograph reveals that Charon is darker than Pluto, a contrast that may be due to their different composition, or may have been caused by a previous atmosphere and no view of Charon said Green.
Questions leaving this first image should be resolved in a few months when the “New Horizons” arrives this summer probe to Pluto.
The probe, 480 kilos, was released on January 19, 2006 on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA) and should reach the vicinity of dwarf and farthest from the Sun on July 14 this