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Scientists left 'gobsmacked by astounding Pluto images'

Let's take a moment to realise how astounding the images of Pluto are.

All the scientists I have spoken to are just gobsmacked.

The pictures were taken from the edge of our Solar System just 36 hours ago and yet we are looking at them as if we have taken them on a smartphone - that's how stunning they are.

Pluto mountains 'could be 11,000 feet-high'

New pictures of Pluto's surface show mountains that are at least 11,000 feet (3,352 metres) high, NASA scientists say.

The space agency released a video allowing people to "zoom into Pluto" to discover the terrain.

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ITV News Science Correspondent Alok Jha said the discovery was "remarkable".


Striking new Pluto image reveals materials of dwarf planet

The latest picture from Nasa's New Horizon's space probe has shown more details of Pluto and its largest moon Charon.

ITV News Science Correspondent Alok Jha reports:

The pair are shown in exaggerated colors that make it easy to note the differences in surface material and features on each.

These images show that Pluto and Charon are truly complex worlds. There's a whole lot going on here.

Our surface composition team is working as fast as we can to identify the substances in different regions on Pluto and unravel the processes that put them where they are.

– Will Grundy, New Horizons co-investigator

Stephen Hawking expects even more from New Horizons

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking believes there are more secrets of our solar system that will be revealed following Nasa's historic mission to Pluto.

Speaking on Nasa TV after the New Horizons probe successfully flew past the dwarf planet, Hawking congratulated the team on their "pioneering" mission.

Now the solar system will be further opened up to us, revealing the secrets of distant Pluto. The revelations of New Horizons may help us better understand how our solar system was formed.

We explore because we are human and we want to know. I hope that Pluto will help us on that journey.

– Stephen Hawking
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