New Horizons Shows A Hidden Ocean Beneath Pluto’s Icy Surface

Posted: Apr 11 2016, 6:46am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


New Horizons Shows A Hidden Ocean Beneath Pluto’s Icy Surface
A giant ocean appears to be hiding under the frozen surface of Pluto. What has the New Horizons revealed about the distant body? A frozen lake, also discovered by New Horizons, is shown here. (Photo : NASA | Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory | Southwest Research Institute
  • New Horizons shows Hidden Ocean beneath Pluto’s Icy Exterior

The New Horizons spacecraft showed a hidden ocean beneath Pluto’s icy exterior.

The information that was sent to earth by the New Horizons spacecraft regarding Pluto has been analyzed in depth. Pluto has a rock-like core that resembles the one possessed by our own planet earth.

It is covered by a mantle that consists of water ice. This in turn is surrounded by methane, carbon monoxide and nitrogen. All of these constituents tend to undergo sublimation, precipitation and flowing movements on the surface of Pluto. 

Pluto held a world of wonders for the Space Horizons probe. Since the past eight months as the spacecraft undertook a flyby close to the last planet of the solar system, a steady stream of data has been forthcoming from the pics it has taken of Pluto.

The surface and climate of Pluto have really got the astronomers in a tizzy. These two entities are both tempestuous and show diversity. This is so despite the average temperature being ten degrees above absolute zero.

The expectations of most scientists have been proven wrong. Despite being quite a cold world, Pluto is not without its physico-chemical activities which are plentiful in nature.  

Actually, nitrogen glaciers enter plains of frozen methane on Pluto. As for the mountains, they are made of water ice. After spending nearly 10 years and covering a distance of 3 billion miles, New Horizons reached Pluto.

The trip was worthwhile seeing the amount of novel data that was gathered by the probe. During a week and a half of the encounter with Pluto, the probe gathered 50 gigabits of data regarding the new world.

The initial pics showed a large heart-shaped feature smack in the center of Pluto’s landscape. It is an intriguing and enigmatic world. 

Pluto and Charon have been studied up close and personal by now. This observational exercise has yielded a ton of information that will go on to fill in the gaps in our knowledge about the universe we inhabit.

The Kuiper Belt’s formation is also a question that will be answered soon thanks to the probe’s examination of the far pavilions of space. The evaporation and condensation patterns on the planet are simply mindboggling in their complexity.

According to TechTimes, these cycles of water ice are a lot more deeper than are to be found on earth. Pluto’s atmosphere is yet to be fully deciphered though.  

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