Pluto’s icy landscape comes into view

New Horizons reveals varied terrain, evidence of active geology

surface of Pluto

Mountains of water ice roughly as tall as the Rockies tower over a young landscape to the south of Pluto’s heart-shaped region. Snows of nitrogen and methane blanket the peaks. On the dwarf planet, water ice probably behaves like bedrock on Earth.

NASA, JHUAPL, SWRI

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