Pluto Has Revealed More Secrets

more secrets? im interested

Jasper and Sardine

In its final farewell to Pluto, New Horizons has captured an incredible image of the dwarf planet bathed in a mysterious halo.

The shot was taken just seven hours after the probe’s closest approach and shows peculiar layers of haze in the dwarf planet’s atmosphere.

‘This is our equivalent on New Horizons of the Apollo 11 Earthrise,’ said New Horizons’ Alan Stern, adding that the image confirms the probe had succeeded in its mission.

Nasa today also released an image of exotic ice across the dwarf planet’s surface, revealing signs of recent geologic activity – something scientists hoped to find but didn’t expect.

‘We’ve only seen surfaces like this on active worlds like Earth and Mars,’ said mission co-investigator John Spencer of SwRI. ‘I’m really smiling.’

Farewell Pluto! Backlit by the sun, Pluto's atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft around midnight EDT on July 15. This global portrait of the atmosphere was captured when the spacecraft was about 1.25 million miles (2 millionkm) from Pluto and shows structures as small as 12 miles across

Farewell Pluto! Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft…

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