If you could survive the long, cold trip to Pluto, this is how you would see the dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon with your own eyes.

The New Horizons spacecraft took a final pair of colour photographs of Pluto and its largest moon before its closest approach. The images were taken separately, then composited together to reflect real distances, positions, orientations, brightness, and colours. Unlike the last look we had of the two worlds in one image, this time the images are in real, natural colour. This is our very best approximation of what they would look like if we had a pair of human eyes to gaze on the worlds directly.

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The images were taken on July 13 and July 14, 2015 from slightly different distances — New Horizons was approximately 768,000 kilometers (477,000 miles) away when it snapped a photo of Pluto, and 466,000 kilometers (289,000 miles) away for the photo of Charon. The images have been rescaled to accurately represent their relative sizes.

Top Image: Pluto and Charon as we’d see them with our own eyes. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

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