Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft captured the 11,000 feet Norgay Mountains at twilight
New pictures of Pluto released by Nasa show incredible images of rugged icy mountains and flat frozen plants as the New Horizons spacecraft looked back towards the dwarf planet at twilight.
The huge panorama, which is 780 miles wide, was captured just minutes after the Sun set over Pluto casting the final rays of light over the 11,000 feet Norgay Mountains.
The picture was taken 11,000 miles from the surface as New Horizons sailed past the icy body on July 14, the day of closest approach. The spacecraft has collected so much data it will take 16 months to send it all back to Earth.
Nasa said the new pictures reveal a bewildering variety of surface features that have scientists reeling because of their range and complexity.