September 17, 2015 3:04 PM EDT

New images of Pluto from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft have arrived, and the photos are eerily beautiful. Pluto appears backlit by the sun, and viewers can see the varied terrain of the planet that looks similar to Arctic scenes on Earth.

Pluto on July 14, 2015, as seen by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft while it looked back toward the sun.
A closer look on the majestic mountains and frozen plains of Pluto as captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015.

Speaking about one of the new photos in the series, New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern told NASA, “This image really makes you feel you are there, at Pluto, surveying the landscape for yourself. But this image is also a scientific bonanza, revealing new details about Pluto’s atmosphere, mountains, glaciers and plains.”

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