Yesterday NASA released the first ever close-up images of Pluto and its moon, Charon, taken by the New Horizons space probe. On its Northern side, playfully dubbed Mordor, Charon appears to have a thin layer of material which might have come from Pluto itself.
When the New Horizons did a flyby of Pluto itself, NASA received the first ever seen signs of Pluto’s geological activity. Specifically, it appears that there are ice mountains on Pluto. Other celestial bodies, such as the moons of Jupiter, also have icy mountains. Previously scientists believed that in order for the development of such geological activity there needs to be some kind of a tidal heating, which can be produced by the activity and interaction with larger bodies, such as nearing planets. However, in the case of Pluto it seems that the icy mountains are able to exist without the heat produced by a nearby planet.
The mountains seen on Pluto are approximated at 11,000ft, approximately the height of the Rocky Mountains. The video below provides additional details about this important discovery:
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