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Moonrise, Pluto

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, July 12, 2015/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, art and design

One of the most famous photographs ever created by the master photographer, Ansel Adams, is simply known as  Moonrise, Hernandez . It was captured in New Mexico with the last negative in his box camera while driving at night before clouds blocked the view. Original prints of Adam's night photograph sell for thousands of dollars today.

On Tuesday, July 14, NASA  New Horizons  probe will fly-by Pluto after a journey of nearly 10 years. The mission's scientists will obtain their first and only images of the night region of the dwarf planet, using the light from Charon, Pluto's large moon. Charon will be illuminated by a Sun but 1,000 times dimmer than it is seen on Earth. The images will provide New Horizons’ only view of Pluto’s south polar region, currently in the midst of a decades-long winter. An illustrator has created an artist's rendering of what "moonrise" on Pluto might look like to someone standing on Pluto's frozen south polar landscape.

                                                       Moonrise, Pluto  (credit: New Horizons)

Scientific discoveries by the New Horizons spacecraft will certainly be amazing. However, it will be interesting to see if  Moonrise, Pluto  photographs ever reach the big sales prices in years to come. The place looks as eerie at New Mexico did on another moonlit night long ago.



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