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Its Baffling; New NASA images of Pluto challenge geological theories


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The mountains on Pluto are estimated to be the size of the Rockies. "There's been erosion, there's been mountain building. It's baffling. It's baffling in a very interesting and wonderful way," space architect John Spencer said at a press conference on Wednesday. 

The NASA team says the discovery of Pluto's icy mountain range indicates an unexpected degree of geological activity on the dwarf planet that was previously believed to be inactive.

The team speculated that continuing geological activity on Pluto might be attributed to an internal ocean, energy retained during planetary formation, or radioactive heat.

Alan Stern, investigator of the Southwest Research Institute, said in the same press conference that "we now have an isolated, small planet that's showing activity after four and a half billion years."

"This is a really big discovery that we've just made this morning," Stern added. "I think that's going to send a lot of geophysicists back to the drawing board."


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https://news.vice.com/article/its-baffling-new-nasa-images-of-pluto-challenge-geological-theories?utm_source=vicenewstwitter

 

The mountains on Pluto are estimated to be the size of the Rockies. "There's been erosion, there's been mountain building. It's baffling. It's baffling in a very interesting and wonderful way," space architect John Spencer said at a press conference on Wednesday. 

The NASA team says the discovery of Pluto's icy mountain range indicates an unexpected degree of geological activity on the dwarf planet that was previously believed to be inactive.

The team speculated that continuing geological activity on Pluto might be attributed to an internal ocean, energy retained during planetary formation, or radioactive heat.

Alan Stern, investigator of the Southwest Research Institute, said in the same press conference that "we now have an isolated, small planet that's showing activity after four and a half billion years."

"This is a really big discovery that we've just made this morning," Stern added. "I think that's going to send a lot of geophysicists back to the drawing board."

Steve I was planing to post about mountains on Pluto.  I thought it would be no interest in it, so I decided not to post it and I'm glad you did. LONG LIVE PLANET PLUTO!!! 


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