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Detailed Image of Pluto's Moon Charon Revealed

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posted on Oct, 2 2015 @ 07:30 PM
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NASA has just revealed a new and detailed image of Pluto's moon Charon. At the top is a very large basin-like feature, which is conspicuously red. The red color may be similar to that on Pluto, which is believed to be caused by tholins, which are hydrocarbons altered by long tern radiation from the Sun.
Just to the right of this is what appears to be a large, very eroded impact basin, which I have not heard described before. The upper part of the image is relatively smooth, suggesting that it has been resurfaced by geological processes.
The middle portion is riven by a very large canyon, and wide grooves, appearing somewhat like the Valles Marineris on Mars. The bottom of the image is conspicuously cratered, indicating a very ancient, undisturbed terrain. This area also contains a number of long, thin, sinuous rilles.
link to article and image, below:
www.bbc.com...
edit on 2-10-2015 by Ross 54 because: improved paragraph structure




posted on Oct, 2 2015 @ 07:32 PM
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a reply to: Ross 54

I gasped a bit
so pretty I know it is false colour but wow cheers.
Here
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posted on Oct, 2 2015 @ 08:08 PM
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originally posted by: boymonkey74
a reply to: Ross 54

so pretty

Pretty?
Awesome would be a better word!

Anyways, I cant see no faces, therefore, its a fake.



posted on Oct, 2 2015 @ 08:10 PM
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a reply to: VoidHawk

I wanna lick it I think I have PICA.



posted on Oct, 2 2015 @ 08:15 PM
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Actually, these are the closest to true-life colors for Charon that we have. The polar basin is definitely known to have a reddish color, for example.
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posted on Oct, 2 2015 @ 08:44 PM
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a reply to: boymonkey74




I wanna lick it I think I have PICA.


Ewww, it's a moon



posted on Oct, 3 2015 @ 03:23 AM
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originally posted by: VoidHawk

originally posted by: boymonkey74
a reply to: Ross 54

so pretty

Pretty?
Awesome would be a better word!

Anyways, I cant see no faces, therefore, its a fake.



Awesome pictures....


and to top it off -



posted on Oct, 3 2015 @ 03:38 AM
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Awe... It's amazing to know that we are most likely the first creatures to lay eyes on these planets/moons...

Really grants you a sense of perspective in the world..



posted on Oct, 3 2015 @ 10:15 AM
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originally posted by: Skinon
Awe... It's amazing to know that we are most likely the first creatures to lay eyes on these planets/moons...

Really grants you a sense of perspective in the world..


To be honest, we probably are not...



posted on Oct, 3 2015 @ 11:40 AM
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a reply to: Ross 54

Why do some planets look as though some huge giant took a spoon and tried to crack it open like an egg? I am sure I have seen cracks like Charon's running along on other planets also.

I know its a wonderful thing to see Charon as far away from us as its binary buddy Pluto but I don't exactly find it exciting looking at it. It looks dull with a bit that got too close to the gas hob. These two lumps together look like non- identical twins. I wonder how long it will be before a human flies by it and can see it for real?



posted on Oct, 3 2015 @ 12:10 PM
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a reply to: Shiloh7
What is it about seeing something for real as opposed to seeing a photo of it? In all practicallity, to a real passer-by, Pluto and Charon will look even more dull and uniformly-coloured than on these photos, because the photos were enhanced to increase contrast and the colour palette.

If you think these images are dull, then perhaps astronomy and space exploration are not the kind of subjects you'd want to invest much time in.
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