posted on Oct, 2 2015 @ 07:30 PM
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
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:
edit on 2-10-2015 by Ross 54 because: improved paragraph structure