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This may be the best view of Pluto we ever see

Almost a year after NASA’s New Horizons probe flew past Pluto, the team behind the mission has put together a long mosaic strip that includes all of the highest-resolution images. “This new image product is just magnetic,” Alan Stern, a … Continue reading

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Clean water ice found on Pluto’s moon Hydra

If you’re looking for a place to chip off an ice cube for a cool interplanetary drink, you can’t do much better than Hydra, Pluto’s outermost moon. Newly released readings from NASA’s New Horizons mission reveal that Hydra’s surface is … Continue reading

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Nitrogen rivers may have once flowed on Pluto

Rivers and lakes of liquid nitrogen may have splashed over Pluto’s surface hundreds of millions of years ago, and could do so again, due to shifts in the dwarf planet’s orbit and the tilt of its orbit. That hypothesis is a … Continue reading

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Clouds on Pluto? Pictures spark discussion

Even before NASA’s New Horizons probe flew past Pluto, scientists thought they might see clouds in its thin atmosphere – and now a couple of pictures suggest they were spotted. One of the pictures from last July’s flyby, published by New … Continue reading

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Why methane snow covers Pluto’s peaks

The dark terrain informally known as Cthulhu Regio sweeps nearly halfway around Pluto’s equator, with light-colored peaks sticking up from the surrounding plains. What is that light-colored stuff? Apparently, it’s methane frost. Evidence for Pluto’s methane meteorology was laid out today … Continue reading

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Pluto’s polar canyons get their close-up

The heart-shaped region along Pluto’s equator has been the darling of NASA’s New Horizons mission, but it’s the north polar region that gets the love in this week’s featured image. The area seen here is part of a region informally … Continue reading

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Did Pluto’s moon Charon once have an ocean?

Scientists say the patterns of ice in canyons on Charon, Pluto’s largest moon, look as if some the frozen water was once liquid. And that suggests Charon had a subsurface ocean in ancient times. The evidence comes from close analysis of images … Continue reading

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