NASA: Breathtaking New Images of Pluto Emerge

NASA captures stunning new images of Pluto. (NASA)

NASA captures stunning new images of Pluto. (NASA)

NASA: Breathtaking New Images of Pluto Emerge

Today, NASA released fresh images of Pluto from the New Horizons mission depicting ice mountains, surface-level hazes and frozen nitrogen.

“In addition to being visually stunning, these low-lying hazes hint at the weather changing from day to day on Pluto, just like it does here on Earth,” said Will Grundy, lead of the New Horizons Composition team from Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona.

According to the press release, “this new image also provides evidence for a remarkably Earth-like ‘hydrological’ cycle on Pluto – but involving soft and exotic ices, including nitrogen, rather than water ice.”

With the ‘nitrogen-based glacial cycle’, Pluto is not like what we expected.

According to Alan Howard, a member of the mission’s Geology, Geophysics and Imaging team from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. “Driven by dim sunlight, this would be directly comparable to the hydrological cycle that feeds ice caps on Earth, where water is evaporated from the oceans, falls as snow, and returns to the seas through glacial flow.”

Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of New Horizons at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, also seemed astonished.

“This image really makes you feel you are there, at Pluto, surveying the landscape for yourself, but this image is also a scientific bonanza, revealing new details about Pluto’s atmosphere, mountains, glaciers and plains.”

“Pluto is surprisingly Earth-like in this regard,” added Stern, “and no one predicted it.”

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  1. Charles Travers says:

    Bravo NASA Bravo

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