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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2018 3:01 p.m. PST

Images from NASA's New Horizons probe reveal mysterious mounds made of frozen methane or nitrogen

"Pluto is an uncanny-valley world, with landscapes and vistas that seem strikingly similar to those of Earth—until you take a closer look.

NASA's New Horizons mission, which flew by the dwarf planet in July 2015, found that Pluto has towering mountains, but of water ice rather than rock; vast plains of frozen nitrogen and other exotic materials; and blue skies provided by a wispy atmosphere that contains no appreciable oxygen.

And now, a new study reveals another alien parallel: Pluto has an extensive dune system, but the grains that make up the wind-blown mounds are certainly not sand…"


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Legion 403 Jun 2018 7:51 a.m. PST

It's aliens … of course … again …

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 3:25 p.m. PST



Cacique Caribe Inactive Member04 Jun 2018 11:26 a.m. PST

Maybe they're made by not-sand worms. :)


Ghostrunner04 Jun 2018 12:54 p.m. PST

Be careful there…

…we don't want to start our first interplanetary war over copyright violations.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 12:54 p.m. PST



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