At a press conference this afternoon, NASA revealed the first close-up details of the surface of Pluto.
Based on the observations of the New Horizons probe, already a million miles beyond its flyby date with the icy planet, NASA reports that the Pluto’s atmosphere is being lost to space at a rate of 10^27 molecules per second. Water ice is directly observed on the surface in the incoming imaging data, more of which will be released later this week. Below: Pluto's moon Charon, never before seen at this level of detail.
Here's the first resolved image of Pluto's moon Hydra, composed primary of water-ice.
Methane on Pluto, mapped.
For more details, check out Xeni's coverage of the conference.
From Nasa; check out the space agency’s 3D Pluto globe.
As NASA continues to examine the treasure trove of data from the New Horizons project, one interesting phenomenon at Pluto’s equator has been identified as massive ice blades made of methane.
The New Horizons spacecraft sent back new close-up images of Pluto, and they are stunning.
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