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One writer is calling it "Plutonic tar".
I'm just catching up on some of the recent spectacular imagery of Pluto sent back by the New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby, and this one really caught my eye. This beautiful image of sunlight streaming through the atmosphere was captured by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager instrument, known as LORRI.Read more from ImaGeo
A quick processing of a raw image of Charon taken by @NewHorizons2015 on 07-14. Shows intensely interesting features! pic.twitter.com/ayhEHV53U7— Colorado Space News (@CO_Space_News) July 24, 2015
Pluto today (left, via New Horizons) and from a painting done in 1979 (right).
I talk a lot about how entwined art and science are, but I don't think I've ever seen as good an example as this: Space Artist Don Dixon predicted what Pluto looked like back in 1979 ... and he nailed it. Are you kidding me? That's the cover he did...Read more from Slate Magazine
To me, the craters look like the impacts were made in a very dusty environment. But I am mere amateur so...
I don't think the craters would still be so well-defined if it were dusty, would they?
Signs of glacier flows on three worlds: Earth, Mars, Pluto. (Images via @NASA_Landsat, @HiRISE, @NewHorizons2015) pic.twitter.com/XBCBD2OSq5— Corey S. Powell (@coreyspowell) July 26, 2015
Take a pile of flour. Put it in a layer, not real thick. Drop something in it. To me it leaves the same type of cratering as seen on Charon.
True, but left on its own, or with any wind, and the sides collapse and soften.
I've been expecting-and seeing-amazing images of Pluto from the close approach flyby of the New Horizons probe from mid-July. And even though I knew the images taken once the spacecraft was past Pluto would be lovely, I still wasn't quite prepared for just how awe-inspiring they would be. Behold:Read more from Slate Magazine