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- Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:24:03 EST lHGvTKQL No.55511
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The mission was a success.

We have a picture of Pluto now.
George Hale - Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:04:34 EST okoywjgZ No.55513 Reply
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Mountains of water ice near Pluto's equator. The highest peaks are 3.5 km (just over two miles) tall. According to NASA, the surface looks younger than 100 million years, which suggests that the dwarf planet is geologically active.
George Hale - Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:13:20 EST okoywjgZ No.55514 Reply
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Charon's large canyon near the moon's right edge in this photo is estimated to be 8 km (5 miles) deep. The vast dark area near the north pole has been nicknamed "Mordor" by NASA scientists.
Thomas Gold - Wed, 15 Jul 2015 22:47:07 EST 415JX8nG No.55516 Reply
I'm still not used to actually knowing what Pluto looks like.
It's still kind of an abstraction to me
Pierre-Simon Laplace - Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:53:48 EST P+fSJ1RL No.55520 Reply
I love that they call it Mordor. It so perfectly marks the time table of our exploration beyond our world. All planets in our system maintain old Latin names of old gods and deities. Now one holds a name from almost 100 years ago and has a region photographed and named Mordor.

Wonder if we find any other sneaky moons around the Jovians what will the names be?
Pierre-Simon Laplace - Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:55:42 EST P+fSJ1RL No.55521 Reply
derp charon has mordor and was discovered only just back in 78. Didn't mordor exist in tolkiens books by then? What ever still impressed by the difference in names in system based on time discovered. nb
Alan Guth - Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:19:27 EST okoywjgZ No.55524 Reply
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I hope it becomes official some day, it also fits the underworld theme the IAU wants

Here's a map of Pluto with names suggested by NASA

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