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“Houston, We Have Geology”

10 Jul 2015, 22:46 UTC
“Houston, We Have Geology”
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Pluto Lives!
The latest image from Pluto is showing distinct features on the planet’s surface. NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI
An annotated version of the Pluto image above.NASA. The reference globe shows that we are looking roughly at Pluto’s north pole at the top left, and the dark regions are along the equator. NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI
The world is waking up to a vision of Pluto that now tells us this planet is a dynamic place — not a frozen desert, but a world with landscapes that are still just enough out of focus that it’s tough to tell exactly what they are. According to Alan Stern, the features in this image are indicative of something quite exciting. There appear to be complex surface structures pictured in this new image sent back by New Horizons just yesterday. “In this new image are what appear to be polygonal features, a complex band of terrain stretching east-northeast across the planet, approximately 1,000 miles long; and a complex region where bright terrains meet the dark terrains of the whale,” he said. “After nine and a half years in flight, Pluto is well worth the wait.”
The shapes we’re seeing on Pluto indicate some kind of geological activity, although the ...

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