NASA Reveals a Giant Surprise on Pluto
NASA released its latest photo of Pluto captured
by the New Horizons spacecraft. The new detailed image
shows a big surprise on Pluto - youthful mountains near the
The new image shows a very
sharp and clear view of Pluto's surface, and it's covered with
wide smooth areas, lumpy terrain and mountains - huge mountains.
And even more surprising is that the image
showed no craters. Scientists expected Pluto to be pelted
with craters, yet not a single one showed up in the image.
The lack of craters could mean the surface of Pluto is very
young, less than 100 million years old. That's a tiny
fraction when compared to the age of the solar system at around
4.5 billion years.
"I'm completely surprised," said Alan Stern,
principal investigator for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
The first zoomed-in image of Pluto was
released yesterday. The picture was captured when New
Horizons made its closest pass over of Pluto, closing in about
7,700 miles above the surface.
(Pluto's Largest Moon: Charon)
The journey to Pluto was more than 3.6 billion
miles and began in 2006. Scientists around the world think
it was well worth the trip.
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