The new pictures of Charon were taken by New Horizons spacecraft
A new photo of Charon, Pluto’s largest moon, has been released by NASA. The image was taken from 550 million miles away by a NASA spacecraft bound for Pluto.The picture was taken by New Horizons spacecraft, which will finally fly by Pluto in July 2015 after a journey that started in January 2006.
The picture is not much, as one would expect from such a distance, but scientists are hopeful regarding this mission and hope that in two years’ time they’ll have plenty of information and photographs on Charon and Pluto itself, Space.com reports.
“The image itself might not look very impressive to the untrained eye, but compared to the discovery images of Charon from Earth, these ‘discovery’ images from New Horizons looks great,” said a scientist working on the New Horizons project.
Pluto has five known moons, namely Charon, Nix, Hydra and the recently named Styx and Kerberos.