Take in the beauty of Pluto's frozen north pole canyons
February 25, 2016 - Uncategorized
The icy valleys of Pluto’s north pole shimmer in a new NASA photo taken by the New Horizons spacecraft.
The false color image reveals the dwarf planet’s complex and craggy terrain as it appeared only 45 minutes before the probe made its closest flyby of Pluto in July 2015.
It also shows that Pluto’s north pole is pretty strange looking.
The dwarf planet’s high elevations in the region are somewhat yellow-tinged, a coloration “not seen elsewhere on Pluto,” according to NASA. Lower elevations tend to be blue-gray.
Other data collected by New Horizons has revealed that methane ice dominates the northern polar regions of the dwarf planet, without much nitrogen ice. Read more…