NASA study shows Pluto’s Moon Charon could have had a subterranean ocean due to cracks in it’s surface

June 15, 2014 7:02 AM

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NASA study shows Pluto’s Moon Charon could have had a subterranean ocean due to cracks in it’s surface

Greenbelt, MD – If the icy surface of Pluto’s giant moon Charon is cracked, analysis of the fractures could reveal if its interior was warm, perhaps warm enough to have maintained a subterranean ocean of liquid water, according to a new NASA-funded study.

Pluto is an extremely distant world, orbiting the sun more than 29 times farther than Earth. With a surface temperature estimated to be about 380 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (around minus 229 degrees Celsius), the environment at Pluto is far too cold to allow liquid water on its surface. Pluto’s m...

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