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. (HST, STScI-PR96-09a)
Larger image: 45K

High resolution tiff file (1.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1994-06
Distance/Range (km): 4,800,000,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
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-PR96-09A
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


[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: Dr. David R. Williams,

Last updated: 24 September 2015