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New Horizons Pluto System Final Approach, 28 Jun-13 Jul 15
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post Jul 8 2015, 08:16 PM
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Sorry I know this is noise but the pictures are just getting overwhelmingly spectacular. Seeing Pluto in this resolution I just wanted to congratulate
everyone on the New Horizons team. They must be extremely proud of the hard work so far and for what is yet to come.
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post Jul 8 2015, 08:18 PM
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I think Pluto reminds me of Iapetus

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post Jul 8 2015, 08:25 PM
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Attributes of both Titan and Triton on Pluto?

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I've been trying to think of another body in the solar system with a dark pole, like Charon? Maybe the icy pole is different in composition from the rest of the terrain? I apologize for the clumsy captions and processing tools appearance.

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post Jul 8 2015, 08:35 PM
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Io has a dark pole, suggesting that perhaps Charon has been subject to some sort of tidally-induced resurfacing.


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post Jul 8 2015, 08:35 PM
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At this resolution, we should be getting hints of cratering. I see no cratering or even impact basins.
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post Jul 8 2015, 08:38 PM
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QUOTE (Steve G @ Jul 8 2015, 04:35 PM) *
At this resolution, we should be getting hints of cratering. I see no cratering or even impact basins.


Seeing no hints of topography because the sun is directly behind the camera...
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post Jul 8 2015, 08:49 PM
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Not happy with previous version. I found some DCT artifacts which were visible in the bright area.
This is improved version with some decent denoising.
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post Jul 8 2015, 08:56 PM
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The surface of Pluto looks to me like images of Mars with red or IR filters through small telescopes.
The darker regions on Mars are the more older (more cratered) and the brighter are younger (with the vulcanoes).
Maybe we will find some cracks on the bright regions on Pluto. The dark regions will be much cratered i suspect.
We will see in a week !

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post Jul 8 2015, 08:59 PM
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The drawing of Pluto in this article from 2014 is looking eerily accurate:

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post Jul 8 2015, 09:27 PM
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The latest image has some features that look like Triton.
The edge of the bright area has a "ring", like Triton's polar cap.
And those dark diagonal streaks covering a large part of the surface also remind me of it.
For reference https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/comm...w_colorized.jpg


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post Jul 8 2015, 09:35 PM
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Just brilliant !The bottom "thing" turned out to be a crater after all !
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post Jul 8 2015, 09:57 PM
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What are you referring to, surbiton? I'm also not aware that any features have been officially identified.


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post Jul 8 2015, 10:32 PM
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QUOTE (pioneer @ Jul 8 2015, 11:13 AM) *
Wasn't there supposed to be a press conference a half hour ago on NH?


Sorry.....work intervened. No new information on nasa tv new horizons update today that we on this forum did not already know. No image release mentioned at tha ttime..
wow....first comment using my tablet.

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Every day a new journey. And this forum just keeps on giving as well.
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post Jul 8 2015, 11:13 PM
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QUOTE (Ian R @ Jul 8 2015, 09:35 PM) *
Io has a dark pole, suggesting that perhaps Charon has been subject to some sort of tidally-induced resurfacing.


That probably goes for both bodies. I'll stick my neck out say that we'll probably see a lot of resurfacing on Pluto too. The density, the tidal forces through several billion years, the "volatile" composition of the crust and the elliptical orbit would have seen to that. Having said that, I'm looking forward to any surprises that might eventuate. For all we know, Pluto may be heavily cratered.
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post Jul 8 2015, 11:32 PM
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True, but the discovery of fresh deposits of ammonia hydrates and water crystals on Charon, coupled with the darker north pole, suggests that it may have seen more recent 'activity' than Pluto itself.

Nonetheless, only time will tell ....


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