Put A Little Pluto In Your Heart This Christmas

Thanks NASA for the extra helping of figgy pudding this Christmas. The agency recently released the latest color closeups taken by the New Horizons mission during the spacecraft’s closest approach to the dwarf planet last July 14th. With resolutions of about 250-280 feet (77-85 meters) per pixel, we can see features smaller than half a city block on Pluto’s surface. The…
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Highest Resolution Pluto Photos Start Flowing In

And these are only the first of the highest resolution, sharpest images to be sent back. More are on the way. The photos are part of a sequence taken around the time of New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto last July, with resolutions of about 250-280 feet (77-85 meters) per pixel, revealing features less than half the size of a…
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6.4 Days In The Life Of Pluto

Gotta get that project turned in by Friday? No worries. You’ve got plenty of time — on Pluto anyway. One day on the dwarf planet is 6.4 Earth days long. With only a thin atmosphere between you and the chill vacuum of space, the sun would appear as a point of light 1,000 times dimmer than we see…
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Pluto Pandemonium: Ice Volcanoes, Tumbling Moons And Busy Geology

Pluto never stops amazing. Scientists have now tentatively identified two huge cryovolcanoes — ice volcanoes that erupt with a melted slurry of materials such as water ice, nitrogen, ammonia, or methane — on the dwarf planet. “These are big mountains with a large hole in their summit, and on Earth that generally means one thing – a volcano,” said Oliver White,…
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Ammonia Magma May Have Flowed On Pluto’s Moon Charon

How does so much weirdness come from such common materials as water, silicate dust, carbon, nitrogen — key ingredients in what makes up much of our solar system? Nature, the ultimate chef, can whip up almost anything from the simplest of stuff. The latest discovery from Pluto’s moon Charon only confirms this view. A 3-mile-wide (5 km) crater on Pluto’s…
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