Pluto’s Majestic Mountains, Frozen Plains and Foggy Hazes

"Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured this near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto’s horizon. The smooth expanse of the informally named icy plain Sputnik Planum (right) is flanked to the west (left) by rugged mountains up to 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) high, including the informally named Norgay Montes in the foreground and Hillary Montes on the skyline. To the right, east of Sputnik, rougher terrain is cut by apparent glaciers. The backlighting highlights over a dozen layers of haze in Pluto’s tenuous but distended atmosphere. The image was taken from a distance of 11,000 miles (18,000 kilometers) to Pluto; the scene is 780 miles (1,250 kilometers) wide."

 

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Pluto Demoted: No Longer a Planet in Highly Controversial Definition

Just because Pluto lost its status as a planet doesn't mean it lost its interesting features. 

It's still a planet Joan but now it's a minor instead of a major planet. You could say that it's a big fish in a little pond rather than a little fish in a big pond.

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