What NASA scientists discovered on Pluto will blow your mind
According to a release from NASA on Thursday, there’s a 1,860-mile-long dark feature on the planet’s equator unofficially called “the whale.” Next to it is a bright spot, an area 1,200 miles across that has a dip in the top just like a heart.
“Pluto almost seems to know we’re coming to say hi,” wrote the Washington Post‘s Rachel Feltman.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on 15th July’15 shot right through Pluto’s mini-planetary system of five moons, the magnificently named Charon, Styx, Nix, Hydra and Kerberos after a nearly decade long and 3 billion-mile trip across the solar system. We got to see what scientists have been seeking for decades: the closest ever look at our beloved dwarf planet.
Why through? Because, while the other planets lie on roughly the same plane, Pluto and its moon system stick up at an angle to that plane like a giant archery target. New Horizons got one pass, went straight by the bull’s-eye. No orbiting around, no lingering for months or even years to photograph and study.
— David Dickinson (@Astroguyz) July 9, 2015
These images only got clearer. Head off to New Horizons Twitter profile to see the new images. A much closer view is seen in the video below.
The data the NASA’s going to produce in fact the data that they are already producing is a gift for the ages to all mankind. The Pluto system’s strangeness, alien beauty, its tremendous diversity and the moons, they have already seen complex and nuanced surfaces that explains a history which is probably beyond our wildest dreams.
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