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Charon is beautiful, first private Moon landing set for 2017

2 Oct 2015, 20:15 UTC
Charon is beautiful, first private Moon landing set for 2017
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Stunning new pictures of Pluto's moon Charon:The New Horizons spacecraft has returned some jaw dropping pictures of Pluto's largest moon Charon to Earth. Even better the images have been made into an amazing virtual flyover of the moon's world spanning canyons and weird moated mountains....Above:Virtual Charon flyover, courtesy of JPL/NASA. Above: A side by side colour view of Charon and Pluto. NASA/JPLAbove: A detailed zoom in on the canyons. JPL/NASaCharon with its world spanning canyons and strange red cap, in colour. JPL/NASAMeanwhile the data still coming back from the mission on Pluto seems to indicate a far more complex world than anyone imagined. Even it's ultra thin atmosphere is showing layers and hazes that no-one expected.....Above: Pluto's atmosphere, backlit. The layers you see aren't optical illusions, they're  layers of particles, floating over the surface in the ultra thin 'air'. NASA/JPL Private Moon landing in 2017:Above:This is not my garden after I returned from holiday and forgot to ask the neighbour to water it. My garden was full of dead plants. This is the Moon, it never had plants to start with.Moon Express , a private company, plans to send two robots to the Moon in 2017 to scout it for resources. ...

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