Pluto’s Mysterious Floating Hills Are Made Up Of…

Pluto’s Mysterious Floating Hills Are Made Up Of Nitrogen 

Scientists now believe nitrogen glaciers may have carved out Pluto’s Mountains.

By: Futurism.

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Radioactive Iron Rain!  This week on SciShow Space News…

Radioactive Iron Rain! 

This week on SciShow Space News we’re talking about gravity waves (not gravitational waves) on Pluto, and radioactive interstellar rain on Earth!

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Pluto in a Minute: What’s Next for NASA’s New…

Pluto in a Minute: What’s Next for NASA’s New Horizons?

New Horizons’ Pluto flyby might be in the past but the mission is far from over. This is Pluto in a Minute.

Of course, Pluto was New Horizons’ primary target, but the mission was never intended to explore only one body in the outer solar system. In fact, the mission was designed to explore not just the Pluto-Charon system, but Pluto-Charon as well as multiple Kuiper Belt Objects. This is according to the 2003 decadal survey that called for a Pluto-Kuiper Belt explorer mission. This was a mission intended to explore the Pluto-Charon system and, to quote, “continue on to do reconnaissance of several additional Kuiper Belt Objects.”

So New Horizons always had a Kuiper Belt object as its secondary target. Last summer when New Horizons flew by Pluto there were two options for the future Kuiper Belt flyby and now the team has selected their target. The target the New Horizons team has settled on is called 2014 MU 69, and it was discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2014.

The target is a really exciting one because the team suspects that it is made of the same building blocks that have formed all the Kuiper Belt planets and that includes Pluto. Now it must be said that this extended mission is pending approval by NASA. The New Horizons team will have to submit a formal proposal to the space agency later this year.

But New Horizons still has a long way to go. The spacecraft will fly by its Kuiper Belt object on January 1 of 2019, which means you’ve got plenty of time to start planning that Kuiper Belt Object themed New Year’s party for 2018.

By: NASA New Horizons.

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Best Close-up Views of Pluto’s Rugged Surface These are…

Best Close-up Views of Pluto’s Rugged Surface

These are the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby on July 14, 2015.

They are part of a sequence of images taken near New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto, with resolutions of about 250-280 feet (77-85 meters) per pixel – revealing features smaller than half a city block on Pluto’s diverse surface.

By: Coconut Science Lab.

Best Close-up Views of Pluto’s Rugged Surface These are…

Planet Pluto – King of the Kuiper Belt Join Nigel as he takes…

Planet Pluto – King of the Kuiper Belt

Join Nigel as he takes you on his journey to the stars and beyond!

Future Virgin Galactic Astronaut Nigel Henbest talks about the astonishing “New Horizons” mission to the edge of our solar system, an interplanetary space probe that was launched as part of NASA’s New Frontiers program. Nigel is an internationally acclaimed science populariser and author, specialising in astronomy and space.

He discusses Plutonian geography and geology as revealed in the fascinating images sent back from the spacecraft’s flyby of Pluto and its intriguing moon Charon. Pluto is an ice dwarf located in the Kuiper belt, a ring of bodies beyond Neptune. In 2006 it was reclassified by the International Astronomical Union as a dwarf planet, specifically a plutoid.

By: Naked Science.

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What Has New Horizons Taught Us About Pluto? by jtotheizzoe: You…

What Has New Horizons Taught Us About Pluto?

by jtotheizzoe:

You guys asked for it, and here it is! This week on It’s Okay To Be Smart, I run through all the amazing stuff that New Horizons has discovered about the dwarf planet Pluto since its fly-by on July 14, 2015.

Considering we knew next to nothing before New Horizons zipped on by with its cameras and science machines, we were bound to uncover a few surprises, but Pluto and its largest moon Charon have turned out to be even weirder and more interesting than we could have imagined!

So where are we going next?

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Space Today TV Ep.20 – As Recentes Imagens de Plutão…

Space Today TV Ep.20 – As Recentes Imagens de Plutão Apresentadas Pela NASA em 24 de Julho de 2015

No último dia 24 de Julho de 2015, a NASA realizou uma conferência de imprensa desde a sua sede em Washington, onde foram apresentados os últimos resultados e as mais recentes imagens já baixadas da sonda New Horizons, que no dia 14 de Julho de 2015, realizou o histórico sobrevoo por Plutão.

Entre os dados apresentados, está uma bela imagem feita pelo instrumento LORRI, olhando Plutão por trás, horas depois do histórico sobrevoo. Nessa imagem é possível ver uma névoa sobre a atmosfera iluminada do planeta anão, névoa essa que se estende por cerca de 80 milhas acima da superfície de Plutão. A descoberta dessa névoa foi surpreendente, pois ela atinge uma altura muito maior do que se esperava anteriormente. Modelos sugerem que a névoa se forma quando a luz ultravioleta quebra as moléculas de metano ali suspensas.

As imagens do LORRI também mostraram evidências de exóticos gelos se movimentando na superfície de Plutão, algo muito parecido com o que ocorre na Terra, com o movimento de geleiras. Esse sinal de uma atividade geológica recente foi detectado na Planície Sputnik, uma área na parte oeste da Tombaugh Regio, o chamado “coração” de Plutão.

Além disso, novos dados composicionais do instrumento Ralph mostraram que o centro da Planície Sputnik é rico em gelos de nitrogênio, monóxido de carbono e metano.

Nesse post no blog discuto com mais detalhes essas novas imagens: SONDA NEW HORIZONS DESCOBRE GELO FLUINDO EM PLUTÃO.

Por: Space Today.

Space Today TV Ep.20 – As Recentes Imagens de Plutão…