Pluto - Hubble Space Telescope
Images of Pluto's surface from 3 billion miles
Images of Pluto taken by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope
with the ESA Faint Object Camera. These images, taken
in late June and early July, 1994 are the first views
which allow resolution of features on Pluto's surface.
Opposite hemispheres are seen on the left and right.
The large lower images are processed versions made
from a number of Hubble observations. The smaller
images at the top are actual raw images, each pixel
is over 150 km across. The variations in brightness
may be due to topographic features and/or surface
composition, frost layers, and interactions with
Pluto's nitrogen-methane atmosphere. Pluto is 2390 km
in diameter and north is up.
High resolution tiff file (1.0 Mb)
Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1994-06
Distance/Range (km): 4,800,000,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Area or Feature Type: global view
Instrument: HST ESA Faint Object Camera (FOC)
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 512 x 512, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): 0.00194 x 0.00194
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: STScI-PR96-09A
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): NSD XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A
Updated 18 March 2003, DRW.