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Pluto as seen by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft

Pluto as seen by NASAs New Horizons spacecraft 1

Charon illuminates the surface of Pluto by reflecting sunlight from its surface

(ORDO NEWS) — On July 14, 2015, the first and so far the last NASA spacecraft in history flew past Pluto “New Horizons” , which told us a lot of interesting things about such an amazing object of the solar system.

As you know, in 2006, Pluto was unfairly – or rather erroneously – stripped of planet status , which turned it into a “dwarf planet.”

However, the New Horizons mission proved that Pluto is much more complex than similar “dwarfs” in the solar system.

For example:

The New Horizons probe passed 12,472 kilometers from the surface of Pluto, so the imagery has limited detail.

Despite this, craters, mountains, ice flats, and a red-brown surface can be seen. The specific color of the surface is due to the presence of a large amount of organics – chemical compounds that include carbon.

It is worth noting that in the Kuiper belt, where Pluto lives, many objects have a red-brown color, which can be called a distinctive feature of this region of the solar system.


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