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New Horizons Close-Up Shows Pluto's Young Mountains

The latest photo from the New Horizons spacecraft shows the icy mountains of Pluto’s surface, in 10 times greater detail than anything seen before. The image, released by NASA on Wednesday, includes a portion of an area scientists have named the Tombaugh Regio, after Clyde William Tombaugh, the American astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930.

Scientists were surprised by a lack of craters, suggesting the mountains (likely composed largely of water ice, not rock) in the shot were formed no more than 100 million years ago — otherwise they’d show evidence of more impacts.

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