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Close up of Pluto shows its giant heart

As we prepare for the long awaited close passing of the New Horizons spacecraft as it does a fly by of Pluto, some recent images are already yielding incredible detail of the enigmatic cosmic body.


The surface of the planet shows a heart shape in one of the lighter regions of the planets surface.

“It’s just juicier and juicier,” said New Horizons scientist Hal Weaver. “The science team is just drooling over these pictures. If you look at the new pictures now, it’s already five to six times better resolution than what we’ve been able to get before.”

Tuesday is the magical day where New Horizons will be its closest to Pluto, where it will record so much scientific data that it will take months for it to be all transmitted back to NASA.

Get ready for some even better shots shortly!