Saturday, December 05, 2015

"The Bluest Skies I've Ever Seen Are On Pluto....."

by JASmius

Add a mustache and a set of spectacles, and it could be Edward James Olmos's complexion.

The U.S. space agency has released a series of sharp Pluto snapshots, billing them as the best close-ups of the [planetoid] we may see for decades.

On July 14th, NASA's New Horizons became the first spacecraft to pass by Pluto, offering scientists unprecedented insight.

Previously released high-resolution images from that historic flyby have revealed unparalleled geographical variety on the planet[oid], from soaring mountains, to sand dunes and frozen ice floes.

The latest pictures, made available Friday, are part of a sequence taken near New Horizons' closest approach to Pluto and show a mix of terrains that are cratered, mountainous and glacial in nature, NASA said in a statement.

"These new images give us a breathtaking, super-high resolution window into Pluto's geology," said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern in the statement.

No matter to which place we go, it always turns out to be....just another place.

But one to which we've never been before.  There will always be a Trekkian novelty to that.

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