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(Syfy)   We flew by Pluto and never saw her backside. But wait we did   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, New Horizons, Far side of the Moon, Moon, Impact crater, Solar System, Pluto, Dwarf planet, Feedback  
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2020-07-11 9:29:47 AM  
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The dark regions on the nearside, called maculae (literally Latin for "spots"), are old - craters are seen in them, whereas younger areas like Sputnik Planitia, the western half of Pluto's "heart", is smoother due to changes that erode the surface and erase craters. The big one, called Cthulhu Macula, is relatively smooth and continuous.

The fact that a place called "Cthulhu Macula" exists somewhere in the Universe is totally awesome.
2020-07-11 10:59:26 AM  
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Bennie Crabtree: This article is worth it for the picture of ice melting in Argentina. I've wondered, given the knee-high atmosphere of Pluto in the winter, what the surface looks like. That pic was really good for my imagination, future writing, poetry, doodles.

Glad to help! :)
2020-07-11 4:37:05 AM  
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First released picture.....

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