New Horizons at Pluto

In the summer of 2015 the NASA space probe New Horizons will fly by the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons, giving us our first close-up views of these distant bodies. Pluto is known to be reddish, and beyond that we know little about its surface features. In the distance we see the icy moon Charon, slightly over half as big as diminutive Pluto itself.

Image copyright by Joe Bergeron.