High-Res Images Of Pluto Reveal Possible Ice Volcanoes Created Recently

Posted: Jan 15 2016, 8:35am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Volcano on Pluto's surface
Photo credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

NASA space scientists are currently fascinated and at the same time intrigued by high-res color images of possible ice volcanoes on the surface of Pluto, taken by the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015 - a NASA blog post reports.

Informally named “Wright Mons” to honor the Wright brothers, the cryovolcano features is about 90 miles (150 kilometers) wide and 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) high, suggesting that the likely volcanic feature may be the largest of its sort outside of our solar system.

The scattered elements of red material in the photo image is still confusing to mission scientists who wonder why it is not commonly distributed.

Again, researchers wonder why there is only one impact crater found on Wright Mons, indicating that the surface area and perhaps what is under it is recently formed – maybe late in the Pluto’s history when the small planet was still volcanically active.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/52" rel="author">Charles I. Omedo</a>
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