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Does Pluto have an ocean hiding beneath its surface?

If there's one place in our solar system you would expect to be as frozen solid as a box of forgotten ice lollies, it would be Pluto. However, PhD student Noah Hammond at Brown University says that data returned in 2015 by NASA's unmanned New Horizons deep-space probe indicates that the dwarf planet may have a subsurface ocean similar to those suspected to exist on some moons of Jupiter and may be responsible for the unusual surface features.Read More

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What do Pluto's heart and a lava lamp have in common?

Using data captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, a team of researchers from Purdue University (PU) has estimated the depth of the vast nitrogen ice pool believed to exist beneath the Sputnik Planum region on the dwarf planet Pluto. Located in the dwarf planet's heart-shaped feature, the region is thought to continuously refresh its surface through a process known as convection.Read More

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Vast mosaic shows Pluto’s surface in intricate detail

NASA has released a fresh mosaic of Pluto's surface stitched together from the highest resolution images captured by the spacecraft as it sped past the planetoid on July 14, 2015. The agency has accompanied the release with a video that takes the viewers on a tour of the mosaic, highlighting the stunning variety of terrain discovered by New Horizons.Read More

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New Horizons' observation of solar winds could aid future space travelers

Having already revolutionized our understanding of the dwarf planet Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is providing a rare look at the vast, seldom-visited region of space that is the outer solar system. New Horizons is currently cruising through deep space roughly 35 astronomical units out from the Sun. Prior to the spacecraft's July 14, 2015 encounter with Pluto, the spacecraft captured roughly three years worth of observational data detailing the characteristics of the all pervading solar winds known to emanate from our Sun.Read More

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Geological map to shed light on Pluto's evolution

NASA scientists have compiled a geological map of a vast swathe of Pluto's surface from data harvested by the New Horizons spacecraft over the course of its July 14, 2015 flyby. It is hoped that maps like these will aid planetary scientists in unlocking the evolutionary past of the enigmatic dwarf planet.Read More

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New Horizons sheds light on Pluto's floating hills

NASA has released a new image taken by the New Horizons spacecraft as it sped past the dwarf planet Pluto, displaying the locations of a number of "floating hills" composed of water ice. It is believed that these mobile peaks broke away from the highlands bordering a region known as Sputnik Planum, and subsequently carried with the flow of the nitrogen ice glaciers.Read More

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