On the way to Pluto at last!

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This simulated flyover of Pluto’s Norgay Montes (Norgay Mountains) and Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain) was created from New Horizons closest-approach images. Norgay Montes have been informally named for Tenzing Norgay, one of the first two humans to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Sputnik Planum is informally named for Earth’s first artificial satellite. The images were acquired by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on July 14 from a distance of 48,000 miles (77,000 kilometers). Features as small as a half-mile (1 kilometer) across are visible. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

And this:
Science Alert wrote:NASA’s New Horizon probe made it to Pluto with a PlayStation CPU for a brain

Probe suspected of playing Crash Bandicoot to pass time during 9-year journey.
PETER DOCKRILL
17 JUL 2015

New Horizon’s 9-year voyage across the Solar System to Pluto and beyond is the stuff scientific dreams are made of. But one of the most remarkable tidbits at the heart of NASA’s history-making endeavour is that the probe accomplished its epic feat with only a PlayStation 1 processor for a brain.

As pointed out by Alexandru Voica at tech blog Imagination, the same MIPS R3000 processor used to control New Horizon’s onboard systems once powered the first generation of Sony’s popular gaming console, which hit the market more than 20 years ago.

According to Voica, the MIPS R3000 CPU goes back even further than that – it was first used in workstations and servers as far back as the late 1980s. The chip on board New Horizon is a special, radiation-hardened version of the CPU, but its computational capabilities are only as powerful as the gaming console you used to play Tomb Raider on, back when Lara Croft was all chunky and polygonal. (Though still rather fetching, admittedly.)

James Vincent at The Verge says, “This isn’t unusual behaviour for NASA though, as the space agency always prefers the tried-and-tested to the cutting-edge. The next-generation Orion spacecraft, for example - the one that will hopefully take humans to Mars one day - is controlled by an IBM processor made back in 2002.”
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Anaxagoras wrote: I guess there are more craters there than on the close-up of Pluto, no?
Sink holes. :wink:
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Pluto's atmosphere.
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I've been reading about the details of the heart shaped region. It's a nitrogen glacier. How cool is that!? :guitar:

We are used to referring to cold nitrogen as "liquid nitrogen", but Pluto is so far out there that it is cold enough for nitrogen to freeze solid, mp = -346F (-210C). Pluto's surface is around -400F, but apparently in the recent past, within the past million years, the surface became "warm" enough for the solid nitrogen to melt. Around the edges of the nitrogen glacier, you can see melt and flow patterns similar to what we see on earth with water glaciers.

So, even Pluto experienced a period of global warming, where "warm" is around -346F. Imagine a globally warmed Pluto with lakes and seas of liquid nitrogen. Carbon dioxide was also detected, but carbon dioxide remains solid until about -70F (-57C), so there may have been carbon dioxide ice bergs floating in a sea of liquid nitrogen. Thanks Obama!

What I find interesting is that is doesn't seem like it would take much to raise the temperature from -400F to -346F. An impact from a meteor would definitely do it, at least temporarily. If there is a lot of nitrogen and other solidified gasses on Pluto's surface, then they may have liquefied and re-frozen several times during Pluto's history after meteor impacts. That would have temporarily increased the density of Pluto's atmosphere, thus extending the period of global warming. Those meteor impacts would have become hidden underneath the nitrogen ice once it re-froze.

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Thunderf00t has some thoughts about the images of Pluto.

Interesting theory he mentions too.
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North polar region:

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I do not see the Poll. . . .

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In the stereo view, you can really see just how extreme the mountains on the right margin are.
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