New images from New Horizons have revealed a mysterious halo around Pluto, along exotic ices flows and glaciers across its surface
Incredible close-up colour pictures show Nasa’s latest discoveries made by its ambitious New Horizons’ mission to Pluto.
Releasing a tranche of new images, mission controllers also gave more information about crucial new data gathered during the spacecraft’s historic flight through the Pluto system on July 14.
Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice.
Scientists say layers of haze stretch 100 miles into the atmosphere, much higher than anticipated. All this haze is believed to account for Pluto’s reddish color.
As for the incredible ice flows, they appear to be relatively recent: just a few tens of millions of years. Temperatures are minus 229 Celsius, and so water ice would not move anywhere in such extreme cold. But scientists say the nitrogen and other ices believed to be on Pluto would be geologically soft and therefore able to flow like glaciers on Earth.