Pluto - Hubble Space Telescope

Map of Pluto's surface

Surface map of Pluto constructed from four images taken by the ESA Faint Object Camera of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The images were taken in late June and early July as Pluto rotated through its 6.5 day period. The map shows a very coarse view of Pluto's surface, but reveals light and dark areas which may be indicative of differences in topography and/or surface materials and frosts. Pluto is 7,500 km in circumference. (HST, STScI-PR96-09b)
Larger image: 91K

High resolution tiff file (1.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1994-06
Distance/Range (km): 3,000,000,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): +00.,180.
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
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
Filter: blue
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: STScI-PR96-09B
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


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015