Home » News & Blogs » The Pluto Pipeline Resumes
Bookmark and Share
TheSpaceWriter's Ramblings

The Pluto Pipeline Resumes

11 Sep 2015, 01:38 UTC
The Pluto Pipeline Resumes
(200 words excerpt, click title or image to see full post)

Images and Data Come Tumbling in from the Kuiper Belt
Pluto in the distance, with Charon. July 3, 2015. Courtesy New Horizons mission.
What to make of this distant planet, Pluto?
It was, for so many years, an afterthought in the solar system — not very well respected, probably because it was so far away. Too dim to see. Discovered by an American who didn’t even have a Ph.D. when he found it. How could something so small and insignificant be very important? Not that long ago (in the late 20th century), people really didn’t take it that seriously. Not until the first glimmerings of a mission to this distant world began to take shape.
This 220-mile (350-kilometer) wide view of Pluto from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft includes dark, ancient heavily cratered terrain; bright, smooth geologically young terrain; assembled masses of mountains; and an enigmatic field of dark, aligned ridges that resemble dunes; its origin is under debate. The smallest visible features are 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) in size. Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Now, New Horizons has done her job. In a few short hours in July, it captured the images and data it’s now ...

Latest Vodcast

Latest Podcast

Advertise PTTU

NASA Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day