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New Horizons Sends Back Snaps Of Pluto

It's time to ascend.

Pluto photographed by new horizons space probe

A noticeable bright spot on Pluto may indicate a polar ice cap, as seen in the latest bunch of images in the decade long mission.

Pluto photographed by new horizons space probe

The images snapped in mid April 2015 are from within 70 million miles of the mysterious dwarf planet, thanks to the probes telescopic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI).

“As we approach the Pluto system we are starting to see intriguing features such as a bright region near Pluto’s visible pole, starting the great scientific adventure to understand this enigmatic celestial object,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, in a statement.

“As we get closer, the excitement is building in our quest to unravel the mysteries of Pluto using data from New Horizons.”

Pluto’s largest moon Charon can also be seen in the images. The exposure time was not long enough though to capture the smaller moons.

Check out the entire article at Forbes.