Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. Analysis of the outer planets suggested a planet out beyond Neptune and having taken photographs of the night sky and comparing them the movement of Pluto across the sky gave it's position away. The mass of Pluto did not account for the gravitational anomalies, but Pluto was … Continue reading Solar System Exploration – Pluto
Pluto – Close up Montage
This is a combined image made up of five pictures taken during the New Horizons flyby of Pluto. I combined them with a useful little app I've found... cool eh? Image credits: NASA Planet Simon Also find Planet Simon on Twitter Come and visit find me on my Planet Simon Facebook Page Find some of … Continue reading Pluto – Close up Montage
Scientists Probe Mystery of Pluto’s Icy Heart | NASA
Pluto's icy heart of nitrogen, methand and carbon monoxide is giving scientist something to think about. Red it all here: via Scientists Probe Mystery of Pluto’s Icy Heart | NASA Simon 🙂 No ownership claimed on images or material - Credit NASA
NASA — Solar System: Things to Know This Week
I've not posted a NASA update for a while, but with a breakdown of the Cassini mission which is due to end next year, more on New Horizons and a little snippet on Mars I thought now would be a good time: via NASA — Solar System: Things to Know This Week Simon 🙂
Pluto’s Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness | NASA
Pluto's snow capped mountains look eerily familiar, but are capped with Methane frost. Click the link for the full post: via Pluto’s Methane Snowcaps on the Edge of Darkness | NASA Simon 🙂 No ownership claimed on material Credit: NASA
New Horizon’s – One Year on…
On the 15th of July 2015 New Horizons was the first spacecraft to pass the dwarf planet Pluto. It sent us back images that was able to help us study it's terrain. One year on NASA has compiled some images from the New Horizons flyby. I've put some of them on this post, click on … Continue reading New Horizon’s – One Year on…
Charon’s Canyon Dwarfs the Grand Canyon
New Horizons captured a good view of a canyon on Charon at 430 miles long and over 5 miles deep it dwarfs the Grand Canyon on Earth. See the full article here: via A ‘Super Grand Canyon’ on Pluto’s Moon Charon | NASA Simon 🙂 No ownership claimed on images or materials - Credit: NASA
New Data Compare, Contrast Pluto’s Icy Moons | NASA
It looks like Pluto's smaller moons could have a high content of water ice in their surface composition. Shedding more light on how and where the Pluto system might have formed. The article explains more: via New Data Compare, Contrast Pluto’s Icy Moons | NASA Simon 🙂
Pluto’s Fretted Terrain
Data from the New Horizon's probe continues to arrive, this picture taken a mere 45 minutes before it's closest encounter. The terrain it captured is of a type that's rare in the Solar System, the now the scientis are trying to work out how it's formed: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/pluto-s-fretted-terrain Simon 🙂 No ownership claimed on images or … Continue reading Pluto’s Fretted Terrain
The mysterious Floating Hills on Pluto
For this little space snippet we're back to our mysterious liitle Pluto. So if I was to tlak toyou about icebergs, you might say so what? Kind of cool (pun intended), never want to see one, espeically if I'm standing on a ship called Titanic. But what about having ice berg hiills 12 kilometers wide … Continue reading The mysterious Floating Hills on Pluto
Ice Volcano on Pluto?
As even more discoveries come from New Horizons, this was the one I was waiting for. Ice Volcanoes. We saw them on Neptunes Moon Triton when Voyager 2 flew past and it looks like they might be on Pluto as well. The article from NASA below explains it in more detail, but as always it's … Continue reading Ice Volcano on Pluto?
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