Did Pluto’s moon Charon have an ocean? Cracks could reveal the truth

June 14, 2014 9:45 AM

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Discovered in 1930, Pluto had been our solar system’s ninth planet until the discovery of similar fascinating worlds deeper in the distant Kuiper Belt, after which Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet. This distant area is populated with thousands of miniature icy worlds, which formed early in the history of our solar system.

According to a report from NASA, a new study funded by the agency focusing on whether the icy surface of Pluto’s giant moon Charon is cracked could reveal if the interior of the distant dwarf planet was warm – possibly warm enough to have maintained a subterranean ocean of liquid water.

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