On Pluto found a substance that indicates the active processes in the bowels of the planetoid.
New data from the New Horizons probe, NASA scientists were surprised by the strange activity beneath the surface of Pluto. According to information from spacecraft on dwarf planet found ammonia, which indicates the active tectonic processes in the bowels of Pluto, as well as on the liquid ocean deep beneath the surface, reports the Chronicle.info with reference for Today.
Information about the Pluto was gathering tool LEISA (Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array), recorded during a quick flight near Pluto in July 2015. The information collected confirmed the presence of ammonia in water ice beside the furrow of Virgil (Virgil Fossae), located in the Northern part of the region of Cthulhu.
This finding may indicate the presence of a salty liquid ocean in the bowels of Pluto, which in theory could support life. Ammonia can also throw active volcanoes.
Ammonia is also interesting for scientists in the fact that in the free state it remains extremely short time by cosmic standards – disintegrates rapidly under the action of UV radiation and cosmic radiation for a few million years. The age of Pluto is 4 billion years, which means that the ammonia it appeared relatively recently, thanks to the volcanoes, their activity suggests active tectonic activity.
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It is also believed that the red color of this dwarf planet provide tolin — organic compounds that occurs when exposed to UV or cosmic radiation from compounds containing carbon such as methane or carbon dioxide. Red is the color of Pluto together with the presence of water and ammonia can indicate the presence of organic compounds in water.