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Pluto Through Stained Glass: A Movie from the Edge of the Solar System

Published on 10 Jan 2019 / In

This colorful movie drifting across Pluto by was recorded by New Horizons' LEISA infrared imaging spectrometer during the July 14 closest approach. The discovery of water ice on Pluto was made using LEISA data shown here. The movie has been sped up approximately 17 times from its raw frame rate, and the infrared colors that LEISA sees have been translated into visual colors.

Discovery of water ice: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA20030

Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Alex Parker

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