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NASA shares stunning image of Pluto that shows its true colors

NASA Shares Stunning Image Of Pluto That Shows Its
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NASA shares stunning image of Pluto showing its 'true colors'

NASA explained Pluto’s surface as cracked and cratered, colored white, brown, and brownish-red

NASA shared a stunning image on Instagram on Saturday, taken by its New Horizons spacecraft, showing the true face of Pluto. The photo, taken 22,025 miles (35,445 km) from Pluto, also shows its “heart” – a gigantic glacier of nitrogen and methane. Pluto’s surface is covered with ice made up of water, methane and nitrogen and is thought to have a rocky core and possibly a deep ocean.

NASA explained Pluto’s surface as cracked and cratered, colored white, brown, and brownish-red. While white and brown fall off at the top of the image and meet the brown-red area, the partially visible “heart” can be seen in white.

The space agency shared the image of Pluto and captioned it: “Small planetary body Saturday? This image, taken by our New Horizons spacecraft at a distance of 22,025 miles (35,445 km), shows Pluto’s true colors, including the dwarf planet’s “heart” – a glacier the size of Texas and Oklahoma of nitrogen and methane.”

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Orbiting at a distance of 3.7 billion miles (5.9 billion km), New Horizons is the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and is expected to explore the Kuiper Belt – a region thought to be full of small objects, left over from the creation of our planet in the solar system, NASA said.

Pluto was once thought to be the ninth planet in the solar system, but was downgraded and reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) downgraded Pluto’s status to that of a dwarf planet because it did not meet the three criteria the IAU uses to define a full-size planet. A “dwarf planet,” as defined by the IAU, is a celestial body in direct orbit around the Sun that is massive enough that its shape is controlled by gravitational rather than mechanical forces, but has not cleared its neighboring region of other objects.

Pluto is just over 1,400 miles away (2250 km) wide, about half the width of the United States, or 2/3 the width of the moon. With its average temperature of -387F (-232C), Pluto’s surface is covered in ice made up of water, methane and nitrogen and is thought to have a rocky core and possibly a deep ocean.

Another prominent feature on Pluto’s surface is a large heart-shaped region unofficially known as the Tombaugh Regio, according to Space.Com. The left side of the region (an area that takes the shape of an ice cream cone) is covered with carbon monoxide ice. Other variations in the composition of surface materials have been identified in the “heart” of Pluto.

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