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Mountains and Plains on Charon
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Perspective view of mountain ridges and volcanic plains on Pluto’s large moon Charon. The ridges reach heights of 4 to 5 kilometers above the local surface and are formed when the icy outer crust of Charon fractured into large blocks. The smoother plains to the right are resurfaced by icy flows, possibly composed of ammonia-hydrate lavas that were extruded onto the surface when the older block sank into the interior. Area shown is approximately 250 kilometers across.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/ Lunar and Planetary Institute/Paul Schenk