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NASA Space

NASA's New Horizons Shows Pluto's Moon Charon Is a Strange, New World 94

MarkWhittington writes: NASA's New Horizons has returned a stunning series of images of Pluto, the dwarf planet that resides on the edge of the solar system, revealing a strange new world of ice mountains and glaciers of frozen nitrogen. NASA also released images of Pluto's largest moon Charon. Scientists expected a plain ball of rock pockmarked with craters, but what they saw was anything but plain and monotonous.
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NASA's New Horizons Shows Pluto's Moon Charon Is a Strange, New World

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  • These fucking nutters may suggest otherwise. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2... [theregister.co.uk] Jeez, sometimes I wonder what is going on in the brains of some people and can only conclude that the answer is "nothing"
  • Poor Earth (Score:5, Interesting)

    by RKThoadan ( 89437 ) on Friday October 02, 2015 @06:46AM (#50643323)

    Is it just me or did Earth get stuck with possibly the most boring satellite in the entire solar system?

    • Well, it is the largest satellite compared to the size of its planet. Sure, there are bigger moons (Titan, Ganymede and Callisto) but they are dinky in comparison to their planets. The Moon is almost a quarter of Earth's diameter; that makes it unique in our solar system.

      It also makes it very useful, since it is an obvious first step for large-scale exploitation of space. It has a lot of resources, a useful - but not overly strong - gravity field and is relatively close. Venusians or Martians would probabl

      • by Quirkz ( 1206400 )

        Being the right size for both total solar and total lunar eclipses is nifty, too.

        Plus it's large enough to cause significant tides on the host planet. Would any of the others do that? (Assuming the other planets had liquid oceans to have tides in them.)

    • by Anonymous Coward

      As it turns out, the Moon being boring is a blessing in disguise. Samples the Apollo astronauts collected are being used to form a geological baseline for things that happened everywhere in the solar system, allowing us to put approximate ages on various craters and planet features.

  • Is it just me or is the link to nasa.gov down!?
  • by cstacy ( 534252 ) on Friday October 02, 2015 @10:00AM (#50644697)

    Sure, Charon is a strange new world, but what we really want to know: is it a harsh mistress?

  • (a.k.a. La Pig). We should send the Enterprise out there to investigate further...

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