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First take

We’ve never seen Pluto like this. In fact, we’ve only just barely seen it until very recently, didn’t know about it at all until within the last century. Now, with imagery from a satellite that only just shot past it, we have detail way beyond what we had before. And we can manipulate the date to generate more, as NASA officials noted this weekend: “New Horizons scientists use enhanced color images to detect differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. When close-up images are combined with color data from the Ralph instrument, it paints a new and surprising portrait of the dwarf planet. The “heart of the heart,” Sputnik Planum, is suggestive of a source region of ices. The two bluish-white “lobes” that extend to the southwest and northeast of the “heart” may represent exotic ices being transported away from Sputnik Planum.” Imagination-provoking stuff.

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