New Horizons Data Reveals Pluto’s Hazy Atmosphere

The research and analysis programs allow scientists to go beyond the basics of the data collected on NASA missions and translate them into scientific discoveries, said Alan Stern, the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission. “It’s a attractive shock”.


However, as all the data gathered by New Horizons will take approximately 16 months to be retrieved back to Earth, we have no other option than to wait patiently.

Still, the fast outcomes illustrate that wintry Pluto, through which outside…

The spacecraft New Horizons of NASA discovered Pluto’s frigid surface with close-up images that has never before seen.

After completing the flyby of Pluto on July 14 this year, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has continued to provide scientists with spectacular views of Pluto, its five moons as well as data packets.

The pictures from Pluto have sparked a new interest in the skies above, but there is one thing that remains the same. This type of haze is formed when simple atmospheric hydrocarbons like methane gas are blasted by the UV light from the Sunday. Ethylene and acetylene are found in Pluto’s atmosphere, albeit in a different form as they pass through the condensing process.

TechnoBuffalo reported that as indicated by NASA, one layer is about 50 miles above the surface, while the other lies at an altitude of about 30 miles.

Thus, we are left with quite a few time to let the news settle. The flowing ice has been compared to glaciers, both on Mars and Earth, as said by an article at the IGN website.

“It’s really awesome seeing all the kids smiling and having fun and taking a look at the stars”, Abby Alanis, an IMAS photographer, said.

The images taken by the New Horizon showcases impressive details on a plain the same size as Texas, named Sputnik Planum. He also added that in the southernmost part adjacent to the dark equatorial region appears ancient heavily-centered terrain invaded by newer icy deposits.


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, designed, built, and operates the New Horizons spacecraft, and manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Photos show proof of nitrogen ice flows, carbon monoxide, and methane ices. SwRI, based in San Antonio, leads the science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. However, with a huge budget amounting to $700 million for the particular mission, they are hoping that they will be granted the necessary budget to gather more information about Pluto.

Backlit by the sun Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft around midnight EDT on July 15. This global portrait of the atmosphere was captured when the spacecraft was about 1