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Latest Pluto data shows Earth-like glaciers, rapidly thinning atmosphere

Latest Pluto data shows Earth-like glaciers, rapidly thinning atmosphere

Pluto's "heart" contains shifting glaciers of frozen nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide, and its atmosphere is both deeper and disappearing more rapidly than scientists predicted, New Horizons mission leaders said Friday. Close-up images of Tombaugh Regio, the large heart-shaped formation near Pluto's equator, show the smooth, brightly colored area flowing around mountains and filling craters. The geology appears just like glaciers on Earth, the scientists said. Observations of Pluto's atmosphere meanwhile show a haze extending 100 miles above the surface, farther than they expected. And air pressure on the surface, a tiny fraction of air pressure on Earth, is...

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