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Zigzagging across Pluto

Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2015
Uploaded by Waspie_Dwarf
Zigzagging across Pluto
Image credit: ASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Uploader comment: This high-resolution swath of Pluto (right) sweeps over the cratered plains at the west of the New Horizons’ encounter hemisphere and across numerous prominent faults, skimming the eastern margin of the dark, forbidding region informally known as Cthulhu Regio, and finally passing over the mysterious, possibly cryovolcanic edifice Wright Mons, before reaching the terminator or day-night line. Among the many notable details shown are the overlapping and infilling relationships between units of the relatively smooth, bright volatile ices from Sputnik Planum (at the edge of the mosaic) and the dark edge or “shore” of Cthulhu.


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