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Friday September 11, 2015

New Pluto Images Detail Dwarf Planet's Complex Surface

I never imagined we would get such crisp photos of something nearly 5 billion miles away. The images reveal a "diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system."

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They reveal new features as diverse as possible dunes, nitrogen ice flows that apparently oozed out of mountainous regions onto plains, and even networks of valleys that may have been carved by material flowing over Pluto’s surface. They also show large regions that display chaotically jumbled mountains reminiscent of disrupted terrains on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa.

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