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Strange Pluto Landscapes Photographed

Strange Pluto Landscapes Photographed

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, October 7, 2015/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, environment, adventure

Strange landscapes continue to emerge from data received from the Pluto probe. The New Horizons researchers don't even have appropriate words to properly describe the geology or understand the processes that created what they are seeing in the photographs. A reptile metaphor was applied to one new image while another appeared to have blisters or boils scattered across the jumbled landscape.
  
   
              Deep Canyon and "Snakeskin" Landscapes on Pluto  (credit: New Horizons)
  
   
                     Frozen Methane Distribution Maps, Pluto  (credit: New Horizons)

The spacecraft mapped the composition of Pluto’s surface as it flew by in July. According to researchers, the left map shows the a high abundance of methane ice indicated by bright purples with lower abundance in black. So far, they have few ideas why methane would be so distinctly distributed.

An animation using some of the Pluto photography was created by the New Horizons team to illustrate some of the amazing and strange landscapes they have been observing from data returned by the probe.



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