Pluto’s Greatest Moon Could Be Having Massive Ocean
Scientists are suspecting that Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, could host such impressive features as tectonic activity, cryovolcanism and perhaps a huge ocean spanning the globe.
Charon is one of the best unique elements found on the dwarf planet. NASA launched an investigation into Pluto, the new Horizon flight to explore Charon and other moons on Pluto, and recently released data and astounding images and videos that the spacecraft has been collecting.
Although Pluto is geologically active, its largest satellite moon, Charon, which scientists believe was formed billions of years ago after a massive collision, is now a crater-like desert.
Charon looks dead, but the latest findings from the Horizons spacecraft indicate that the moon has changed drastically.
A study recently published in the journal Icarus verifies that in the past, Caronte underwent a period of tectonic activity that expanded its surface towards the outside. The article reveals that Charon has two distinct characteristics of two geological regions.
To the south, there are flat plains of Vulcan Planum fully lined with ice flowing from the lava flow, and to the north, a huge and diverse region known as the Earth Oz.
Recently, NASA officials released an impressive video that allows people on Earth to get a true taste of how things are on planet Pluto.
NASA obtained data that was collected by the New Horizons spacecraft when it began its mission on the planet in 2015.
The dramatic takeoff of Pluto begins from the highlands and proceeds to the southwest of the immense expanse of the nitrogen ice plain known as the Sputnik Planitia.
Of the findings, the scientists noted that Charon is stretching and separating due to tectonic activity. Planetary scientists believe that Charon has a vacuum similar to a balloon filled with crust of water and ice that is breaking.
The researchers also claim that the moon could have swollen almost four billion years ago and that there was a warm ocean in it in the past that cooled and froze on a rock.
As it grows in volume, the pressure is causing the icy crust to crack and drift apart.