In this new photograph of the area of Pluto’s largest satellite, Charon, one can see a unique feature, namely, numerous depressions that can be seen in the enlarged fragment of the image in its right side. The picture shows an area measuring 390 km (or 240 miles) from one end to the other, as well as several particularly large craters. The picture was taken at about 6:30 am on July 14, 2015, 1, 5 hours before the closest approach to Pluto at a distance of 79,000 km.
NASA will hold a media-loading at one o'clock on Friday, July 17, where it will demonstrate the new images of Pluto and discuss the new results of the historic span made on Tuesday.
The briefing will be held at NASA's James Webb Conference Hall, located on 300th Street in Washington, USA. Television and organization websites will also be broadcast live. Participants of the briefing will be:
- Jim Green, director of planetary sciences at NASA headquarters in Washington;
- Alan Stern, Principal Investigator for the Southwestern Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado;
- Randy Gladstone, a researcher for a company working with New Horizons in San Antonio;
- Jeffrey Moore, a researcher for a company working with New Horizons at NASA's Moffett Field Research Center, California;
- Fran Baghenal, a researcher for a company working with New Horizons at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Journalists can participate in the conference by phone. To join, they need to send their name, phone number and place of work to Karen Morten via e-mail [email protected] at noon on Friday.
The media and other publics can also ask questions during a briefing on Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA.