Behold, the First Closeup of Pluto

It's got mountains roughly the size of the Rockies
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2015 3:33 PM CDT
Behold, the First Closeup of Pluto
A region near Pluto's equator with a range of mountains captured by the New Horizons spacecraft. The peaks rival the Rockies in size.   (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI via AP)

The New Horizons spacecraft began revealing its treats today, providing scientists with the first closeups of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. The dwarf planet has a mountain range about 11,000 feet high, roughly the size of the Rockies, reports AP. Scientists were surprised to see no impact craters, suggesting the surface is "quite young, no more than 100 million years old," reports the New York Times. As for Charon, it has visible trenches and canyons, along with a dark patch on its north pole nicknamed Mordor, notes the Times. It will take more than a year for scientists to retrieve all the data from the New Horizons spacecraft. (More Pluto stories.)

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