PIA00442: Charon's First Official Feature Names


Charon’s First Official Feature Names

Caption:

Map projection of Charon, the largest of Pluto's five moons, annotated with its first set of official feature names. With a diameter of about 755 miles, the Texas-sized moon is one of largest known objects in the Kuiper Belt, the region of icy, rocky bodies beyond Neptune.

Background Info:

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, designed, built, and operates the New Horizons spacecraft, and manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. The Southwest Research Institute, based in San Antonio, leads the science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Charon Neptune, Pluto
System Pluto Kuiper Belt, Neptune
Target Type Satellite Dwarf Planet, Planet, TNO
Mission New Horizons
Instrument Host New Horizons
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument
Detector
Extra Keywords Color, Map
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2018-04-11
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00442
Identifier PIA00442