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Strange structures seen on Pluto, a new fleet of tiny weather sats, and more..

22 Sep 2015, 07:59 UTC
Strange structures seen on Pluto, a new fleet of tiny weather sats, and more..
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Earth gives the Moon a massage:The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission has discovered hundreds of small, active, faults on the Moon - and the forces powering them seems to be Earth's gravity and the Moon's cooling interior. "The discovery of so many previously undetected tectonic features as our LROC high-resolution image coverage continues to grow is truly remarkable," said Mark Robinson of Arizona State University, coauthor and LROC principal investigator.Above: One of the geologically young lobate thrust faults. Courtesy of NASA. 'Solid cloud' seen on Pluto...Even though New Horizons only had a few brief hours in the Pluto system to observe the dwarf planet and its moons, it's apparent that the 'last stop before Alpha Centauri' will be keeping scientists busy for decades at least. As well as the vast sea of  nitrogen/carbon monoxide glaciers, mysterious ice patterns, huge black mountains and 'impossible' dune like features, the most recent sunset view of Pluto has revealed strange 'Candyfloss' or 'broccoli' structures covering parts of the surface, hundreds of kilometres tall. No-one is sure what they are, but the speculation I've heard includes monstrously overgrown hoar frost, and frozen emissions from cryovolcanic vents. New Horizons has delivered one of the strangest images for decades..... ...

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