NASA probe detects polar cap on distant Pluto

NASA probe detects polar cap on distant Pluto
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For the first time, images from NASA\'s New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto - the primary target of the New Horizons\' close flyby in mid-July this year. The images reveal that the dwarf planet has broad surface markings - some bright, some dark - including a bright area at one pole that may be a polar cap.

Washington: For the first time, images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto - the primary target of the New Horizons' close flyby in mid-July this year. The images reveal that the dwarf planet has broad surface markings - some bright, some dark - including a bright area at one pole that may be a polar cap.

"As we approach the Pluto system, we are starting to see intriguing features such as a bright region near Pluto's visible pole, starting the great scientific adventure to understand this enigmatic celestial object," explained John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, DC. "As we get closer, the excitement is building in our quest to unravel the mysteries of Pluto using data from New Horizons," he added in a statement.

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