The New Horizons Space Probe, which landed near Pluton's dwarf planet in July, continues to send images of new data collected during the mission, including snapshots of wrinkled surface terrain, said scientist Bill McKinnon on Saturday.
"The surface looks more like a rough bark of wood or a dragon shell than on a surface formed by geological processes. It will take us time to figure it out; maybe it's a combination of internal tectonic powers and sublimation of ice that is fueled by Pluto's mild sunlight, "explained McKinnon, a Washington-based scientist at St. Louise, in Missouri.
These crevices on the planet's surface stretch hundreds of miles, and increased footage will help scientists explain the various geological and climatological processes that have created complex features of Pluto's surface.
The spacecraft passed past Pluto in mid-July when he approached the 12.500 mile and collected a gigantic data.
Pluto's first snapshots revealed a terrain that appeared on the surface thanks to a geological process such as a volcano, at least 100 million years ago, but no crater was found, which means that it is a very young surface.
Surveys are visible and the mountains at the edges of the heartburn area are more than 3300 meters, compared to the Rock Band in the United States. The American spacecraft ran past Pluto after spending 4,88 billion kilometers for nine and a half years.
Scientists already know that Pluto, once considered the ninth and farthest planet of the Sun's system, was bigger than it was thought. Its diameter is 2370 kilometers, which is about 80 kilometers higher than the previous estimates.
Pluto is now officially larger than Eris, one of hundreds of thousands of mini planets and bodies of similar comets that circulate behind Neptune, in the area known as Kuiper's belt. Discovery of 1992 area. has led to a new classification of Pluto, which has become a "dwarf planet" from the planet.
Pluto was discovered by 1930. years. It is smaller than the Moon, and its mass is 500 times smaller than Earth. It has been around for five months, and around the Sun turned to 247,7 years. Pluto has several satellites, and five have been discovered so far: Haron, Nikta, Hydra, Kerber and Stiks.