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Photograph of Pluto from New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015. Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this global view of Pluto. The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope obtained what was the clearest picture at the time in 1990 of Pluto, one of our solar system's most distant and enigmatic objects at the time. The observations were made with the European Space Agency's Faint Object Camera. October 4, 1990; Hubble Space Telescope; STScI-1990-14

Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of Pluto and its satellite Charon in 1994. The two bodies are so close in size they are often thought of as a double planet. At the time this image was taken the two bodies were at maximum elongation of 0.9 arc seconds. The bodies orbit 19,600 km apart. Pluto is the larger body to the lower left, Charon is at upper right. Date/Time: 1994-02-21 Hubble Space Telescope; NASA Image ID number: STScI-PR94-17

The Hubble telescope's snapshots in 1996 of nearly the entire surface of Pluto, taken as the planet rotated through a 6.4-day period, show that Pluto is a complex object, with more large-scale contrast than any other dwarf planet or planet, except Earth. Topographic features such as basins, or fresh impact craters may cause some of the variations across Pluto's surface. March 7, 1996; Hubble Space Telescope; STScI-1996-09.

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