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See the Frozen Canyons of Pluto’s North Pole

Feb 25, 2016

An image of Pluto released by NASA on Thursday reveals long frozen canyons with winding valleys close to the dwarf planet's north pole.

The widest canyon pictured is 45 miles wide, while others are about 6 miles wide. The image reveals terrain with deep scarring and irregular pits that might be indicative of ground collapse caused by melting ice. The terrain appears yellow in some places at higher elevations and bluish gray in places at lower elevations.

The image was captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015 approximately 21,100 miles away from Pluto.

Read more: Photographing Pluto: This Is How New Horizons Works

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