NASA Spots Floating Hills on Pluto

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  • NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has captured images of frozen nitrogen glaciers on Pluto carrying numerous ‘floating’ hills that may be fragments of water ice.
  • These hills individually measure one to several kilometres across, according to images and data from New Horizons.
  • The hills, which are in the vast ice plain informally named Sputnik Planum within Pluto’s ‘heart,’ are likely miniature versions of the larger mountains on Sputnik Planum’s western border.
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