This is the best view of Pluto most of us will see in our lifetime

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Pluto's surface seen in NASA mosaic

A new mosaic pieced together by NASA scientists and captured by the New Horizons spacecraft shows off the most detailed view of Pluto many of us will ever see.

The high-resolution mosaic shows a huge swath of Pluto as imaged by New Horizons when it flew close by the dwarf planet in July 2015.

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NASA had previously released many of the detailed photos that make up the mosaic, but this is the first time all of the images have been strung together.

"This new image product is just magnetic," Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, said in a statement.

"It makes me want to go back on another mission to Pluto and get high-resolution images like these across the entire surface."

The photos that make up the mosaic actually stretch almost all the way from one end of Pluto to the other.

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An enhanced color view showing Pluto?s surface diversity is seen in a mosaic created by merging Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera color imagery with Long Range Reconnaissance Imager panchromatic imagery from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. The most detailed look at Pluto's surface to date has revealed an unexpected range of mountains, glacial flows, smooth plains and other landscapes, according to studies released on Thursday. REUTERS/NASA/New Horizons/Handout via Reuters THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Haze layers above the dwarf planet Pluto are seen in an undated image taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft and released March 17, 2016. About 20 haze layers are seen; the layers have been found to typically extend horizontally over hundreds of kilometers, but are not strictly parallel to the surface, according to a NASA news release. REUTERSNASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout via Reuters THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
This NASA's photo of Pluto was made from four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) combined with color data from the Ralph instrument in this enhanced color global view released on July 24, 2015. The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers). REUTERS/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
The bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa on the dwarf planet Pluto is seen in an undated image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. REUTERS/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout via Reuters THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Pluto's icy cratered plains, including layering in the interior walls of many craters, are seen in this high-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft released December 4, 2015. REUTERS/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout via Reuters THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Blocks of Pluto's water-ice crust appear jammed together in the informally named al-Idrisi mountains in this high-resolution image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft released December 4, 2015. REUTERS/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout via Reuters THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
A false color image of the planet Pluto using a technique called principal component analysis to highlight the color differences between Pluto's distinct regions is seen in this picture produced by New Horizons scientists released by NASA November 12, 2015. The image data were collected by the New Horizons' Ralph/MVIC color camera on July 14, 2015, from a range of 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometers). REUTERS/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout via Reuters THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
A close-up view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains on Pluto is seen in an image from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft taken July 14, 2015 and released September 17, 2015. The expanse of the informally named icy plain Sputnik Planum (R) is flanked to the west (L) by rugged mountains up to 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) high. The image was taken from a distance of 11,000 miles (18,000 kilometers) to Pluto. REUTERS/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout via Reuters
NASA's image shows numerous isolated hills that may be fragments of water ice from Pluto's surrounding uplands appears to be carried by the nitrogen ice glaciers on Pluto in this image released on February 4, 2016. These hills individually measure one to several miles or kilometers across, according to images and data from NASA's New Horizons mission. REUTERS/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Handout
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The strip of photos has a width ranging from 55 miles to 45 miles, according to NASA.

"The perspective changes greatly along the strip: at its northern end, the view looks out horizontally across the surface, while at its southern end, the view looks straight down onto the surface," NASA said in the statement.

The string of images — showcased beautifully in a new NASA video — brings Pluto's flat plains filled with nitrogen ice to life.

Image: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Some blocks of more buoyant water-ice appear to float in the nitrogen ice in Pluto's heart-shaped region.

Possible rocks of water ice on Pluto.

Image: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

A possible block of ice floating in a sea of nitrogen ice.

Image: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Some of Pluto's craggy mountains — which are made of water-ice — are as tall as the Rockies on Earth.

New Horizons was about 9,850 miles from Pluto when it took these images on July 14.

Mountainous features on Pluto.

Image: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

The spacecraft is now on its way deeper into the far reaches of the solar system to fly by another object in Pluto's part of space in 2019.

Explore the entire mosaic directly through NASA's big and beautiful image of Pluto.

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