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Pluto in Technicolor

A day after teasing “Science in technicolor!” on Twitter, NASA’s New Horizons mission lived up to the hype, releasing this “enhanced color view” of the planet Thursday, taken the day the spacecraft made its closest approach to the dwarf planet. The wide variety of colors tell “a complex geological and climatological story that scientists have only just begun to decode,” with many more images and other data from the flyby still to come. [NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI]

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Jeff Foust writes about space policy, commercial space, and related topics for SpaceNews. He earned a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree with honors in geophysics and planetary science...