Conditions on Pluto: Hazy with flowing ice

so excited about pluto!

WREG.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice.

The team responsible for the New Horizons flyby of Pluto last week released new pictures Friday of the previously unexplored world on the edge of the solar system.

“If you’re seeing a cardiologist, you may want to leave the room,” principal scientist Alan Stern teased at the opening of the news conference at NASA headquarters. “There are some pretty mind-blowing discoveries.”

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, now 7.5 million miles beyond Pluto, has detected layers of haze stretching 100 miles (160 kilometers) into the atmosphere, much higher than anticipated.

All this haze is believed to account for the dwarf planet’s reddish color.

If you were standing on Pluto and looking up, you probably wouldn’t notice the haze, said George Mason University’s Michael Summers.

In fact, New Horizons had to wait until after its…

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