Multiple Discoveries from NASA’s Pluto Mission

Multiple Discoveries from NASA’s Pluto Mission
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Icy mountains on Pluto and a new, crisp view of its largest moon, Charon, are among the several discoveries announced Wednesday by NASA’s New Horizons team, just one day after the spacecraft’s first ever Pluto flyby.

Pluto New Horizons is a true mission of exploration showing us why basic scientific research is so important, said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

The mission has had nine years to build expectations about what we would see during closest approach to Pluto and Charon. Today, we get the first sampling of the scientific treasure collected during those critical moments, and I can tell you it dramatically surpasses those high expectations.

Home run! said Alan Stern, principal investigator for New Horizons at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado. New Horizons is returning amazing results already.

The data look absolutely gorgeous, and Pluto and Charon are just mind blowing.

A new close-up image of an equatorial region near the base of Pluto’s bright heart-shaped feature shows a mountain range with peaks jutting as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body.

The mountains on Pluto likely formed no more than 100 million years ago mere youngsters in a 4.56-billion-year-old solar system. This suggests the close-up region, which covers about one percent of Pluto’s surface, may still be geologically active today.

This is one of the youngest surfaces we’ve ever seen in the solar system, said Jeff Moore of the New Horizons Geology, Geophysics and Imaging Team (GGI) at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

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5 Comments

  1. Andrew Ph Way
    Andrew Ph Way 18 July, 2015, 13:22

    I cant imagine the brains these people must have just to be able to calculate how long it will take something to go such a distance, figure out when and where to send it based off where the planet will be and on such a precise path. I can barely figure out how long it’ll take to walk to the bus and when to leave to get there 5 minutes before yeesh

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  2. Don Snyder
    Don Snyder 18 July, 2015, 14:46

    Computers help

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  3. Matteo Manniso
    Matteo Manniso 18 July, 2015, 19:33

    Too bad you dumb fucks can’t realize that NASA is a government orginization and they’re just as trustworthy as our spotlighted politicians. Wake up

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  4. Juliano Dill
    Juliano Dill 19 July, 2015, 04:10

    Não acredito na nasa

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  5. James Cochell
    James Cochell 19 July, 2015, 15:00

    The moon landing was fake, the iss is in Hollywood not in space and earth is really flat.

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