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Mountain with a moat on Charon

Latest image release from New Horizons team shows Pluto’s moon Charon a strange mountain rising out of a depression. They’re calling it a “mountain in a moat.”

 View larger. | The New Horizons spacecraft captured this image about 1.5 hours before closest approach to Pluto on July 14, from a range of 49,000 miles (79,000 km). Image via NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

View larger. | The New Horizons spacecraft captured this image about 1.5 hours before closest approach to Pluto on July 14, from a range of 49,000 miles (79,000 km). Image via NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

NASA released this image and news of a newly discovered on Pluto’s moon Charon on July 16, 2015. They’re calling it a mountain with a moat on Charon. It’s a captivating depression on the Pluto moon, with a peak in the middle, shown here in the upper left corner of the inset. The image shows an area approximately 240 miles (390 km) from top to bottom, including few visible craters. NASA said:

This image gives a preview of what the surface of this large moon will look like in future close-ups from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. This image is heavily compressed; sharper versions are anticipated when the full-fidelity data from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) are returned to Earth.

The rectangle superimposed on the global view of Charon shows the approximate location of this close-up view.

Can’t wait to see more!

Via NASA

Deborah Byrd

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