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Gallery: Most-detailed images of Pluto revealed

A set of photos taken by the Hubble space telescope in 2002 and 2003 show the most detailed look at the former planet Pluto. The photos show an icy and dark molasses colored surface that changes with the seasons.

NASA says the dwarf planet is so small and far away from Earth that it's like trying to examine details in a soccer ball 40 miles away. These will be the best images available of Pluto until 6 months before the New Horizons spacecraft flies by the dwarf planet in 2015.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Buie (Southwest Research Institute) (Click on the photo for greater details.)