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Pluto, the Dragon Skinned planet....

26 Sep 2015, 11:43 UTC
Pluto, the Dragon Skinned planet....
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We have no idea how this formed:"We have no idea how this formed" I love it when a space missions team say that - it means they've found something interesting. The New Horizons team have revealed even more data from Pluto, including the discovery of 'Snakeskin terrain', and landscape that looks like nothing on any world we've ever explored:Above: The mysterious terrain wioth its weird parralel ridges....William McKinnon, a New Horizons Geology, Geophysics and Imaging (GGI) team deputy lead from Washington University in St. Louis, said “It looks more like tree bark or dragon scales than geology. This’ll really take time to figure out; maybe it’s some combination of internal tectonic forces and ice sublimation driven by Pluto’s faint sunlight.”The latest data set also contains information on the colours of Pluto - blues, yellows, pinks, and deep red....Above, the colours of Pluto, courtesy of NASA. Click vand save the image to get the hugely enlargeable version and explore Pluto yourself!The coast of Pluto's glacier sea, courtesy of NASA: Click and save the image to get the hugely enlargeable version. .... and some of the data on the composition of the Plutonian surface is starting to come in, like this map  ...

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