Science Seminars

1/28/2016 – Leslie Young ; The Pluto system as seen by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft

Speaker: Leslie Young (SwRI)
Date: Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: SPSC W120

Seminar Abstract:

When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto and its five moons last July, it revealed a beautiful, varied, and puzzling system.  Pluto’s surface ranges from dark and cratered terrains, to tall mountain ranges, to geologically young ice flows.  Charon sports a completely unexpected dark, reddish area near its north pole.  Pluto’s atmosphere is hazy out to hundreds of km — particularly astonishing since Pluto itself is only about 1200 km in radius.  I will discuss these and other news from the New Horizons spacecraft.