1. ‘Beautiful eye candy’: Frozen plains in Pluto’s heart

‘Beautiful eye candy’: Frozen plains in Pluto’s heart

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By: | Cape Canaveral | Published: July 18, 2015 6:04 PM

Scientists have found vast frozen plains next door to Pluto’s big, rugged mountains of water ice.

The New Horizons spacecraft team revealed close-up photos of those plains Friday, three days after the historic flyby. Scientists have unofficially named the plains after Sputnik, the world’s first man-made satellite.

Spanning a couple hundred miles, the plains are located in the bright, heart-shaped area of Pluto. Like the mountains unveiled Wednesday, the plains look to be a relatively young 100 million years old. Scientists speculate internal heating – perhaps from volcanoes or geysers- might be responsible for these youthful-looking, crater-free regions. The plains appear to include smooth hills and fields of small pits.

Principal scientist Alan Stern says the pictures coming from 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) away are ”beautiful eye candy.”

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